October 5, 2017

Sea sediments examined to look for bacteria (Photo courtesy Michael Graw/ University of Delaware)

An article published in the journal “Environmental Microbiology” describes a study on a group of bacteria called Parcubacteria, a group that could be so large that it could be a superphylum. A team of scientists studied these bacteria that were found during the Deepsea Challenge expedition in the Mariana Trench by director James Cameron, who is among the authors of the article, to understand their characteristics with similarities and differences from bacteria living on the mainland.