Issue Date: April 8, 2013
Archaea Feed On Perchlorate
Microbes of the archaea group have been found to feed on perchlorate (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1233957). The findings demonstrate that biological breakdown of perchlorate (ClO4–) into chloride is more widespread than previously realized. Similar microbes may have helped create oxidizing conditions for life on a young Earth before the rise of photosynthesis.
Most of the perchlorate in today’s environment comes from manufacturing . . .
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