In tune with the the title of this blog, we were curious about the lifestyle of these bugs- how do they make a living in such a unusual setting? We've just published a paper entitled- "Life in the Dark: metagenomic evidence that a microbial slime community is driven by inorganic nitrogen metabolism" in the ISME Journal which tries to answer this question.
|Scanning electron micrograph of the microbial cave slimes, the long filaments we think are the Thaumarcheota|
|Cave divers (photo courtesy of Liz Rogers)|
|Microbial cave slimes in Weebubbie cave (photo courtesy of Peter Rogers)|
|Cave diver taking a sample of cave slimes for our lab to investigate (photo courtesy of Steve Trewavas)|