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Volume 14, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 14, 683–701, 2017
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Biogeosciences, 14, 683–701, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 10 Feb 2017

Research article | 10 Feb 2017

Long-distance electron transport occurs globally in marine sediments

Laurine D. W. Burdorf et al.
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Recently, long filamentous bacteria have been reported to conduct electrons over centimetre...