What is it about?

It explains about the biogenic crystallization of magnetite in deep-sea Fe-Mn nodules. The presence of biogenic magnetite indicates the favourable condition for the magnetotactic bacteria which is also linked to the Manganese precipitation in the Oxic-Suboxic Transition Zone (OSTZ).

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Why is it important?

Biogenic magnetite or magnetofossil presence in Fe-Mn nodules indicates the existence of MTB (magnetotactic bacteria). Future studies can lead to an understanding of the role of MTB in nodule formation.


The role of bacterial communities in Fe-Mn nodules is not well known, the above article is a pathway to future research on the role of MTB in the growth of Fe-Mn nodules.

Muhammad Bin Hassan

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This page is a summary of: Presence of biogenic magnetite in ferromanganese nodules, Environmental Microbiology Reports, March 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/1758-2229.12831.
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