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Bacterial populations recorded in bacteriohopanepolyol distributions in soils from Northern England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Martin Cooke, Dr Helen Talbot, Dr Paul Farrimond


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Bacteriohopanepolyols (BHPs) are membrane lipids produced by a wide range of bacteria including cyanobacteria, nitrogen fixing bacteria, purple non-sulfur bacteria, acetic acid bacteria, methanotrophs and methylotrophs. The diverse range of BHPs produced by these organisms and the degree of taxonomic specificity enables their use as molecular biomarkers for bacterial processes and populations in both modern and ancient environments. Here we show that the diversity of intact BHP structures from a number of UK soils indicates significant differences between soil bacterial populations. We also identify a group of BHP structures that appear to be highly specific to soils and which could be used to track the movement of soil to sediments. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Cooke MP, Talbot HM, Farrimond P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organic Geochemistry

Year: 2008

Volume: 39

Issue: 9

Pages: 1347-1358

Print publication date: 01/09/2008

ISSN (print): 0146-6380

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5290

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2008.05.003


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