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Surprising New Species of Light-harvesting Bacterium Discovered in Yellowstone


July 26, 2007

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In the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, a team of researchers has discovered a novel chlorophyll-producing bacterium that transforms light into chemical energy. The researchers also discovered that the new genus and species belongs to a new phylum, Acidobacteria--only the third time in the past 100 years that a new bacterial phylum has been added to the list of those with chlorophyll-producing members, of which there are now only six.
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