Hydrogen-driven subsurface lithoautotrophic microbial ecosystems (SLiMEs): do they exist and why should we care?

@article{Nealson2005HydrogendrivenSL,
  title={Hydrogen-driven subsurface lithoautotrophic microbial ecosystems (SLiMEs): do they exist and why should we care?},
  author={Kenneth H Nealson and Fumio Inagaki and Ken Takai},
  journal={Trends in microbiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={13 9},
  pages={405-10}
}
One of the keys to success of many anaerobic ecosystems is the process of syntrophic intercellular hydrogen transfer. This process facilitates the overall reaction by end-product removal, taking advantage of a wide variety of organisms that are able to use hydrogen directly as an energy source by uptake hydrogenases. Thus, the issue is not whether there are hydrogen-driven processes or communities but whether there are hydrogen-driven communities that exist and persist independently of the… CONTINUE READING