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Changing salt marsh conditions send resident microbes into dormancy

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Sunset over a salt marsh at Plum Island, Massachusetts, as autumn arrives.

Sunset over a salt marsh at Plum Island, Massachusetts, as autumn arrives.

Credit: John Angell, UMass Boston


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The Plum Island marsh expanse in summer at low tide.

The Plum Island marsh expanse in summer at low tide.

Credit: John Angell, UMass Boston


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Researcher Patrick Kearns fills tubes of mud to look at microbes' responses to nutrients.

Researcher Patrick Kearns fills tubes of mud to look at microbes' responses to nutrients.

Credit: John Angell, UMass Boston


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Low tide in the marsh, with

Low tide in the marsh, with "Frank the Tank," a nutrient delivery system, in the background.

Credit: John Angell, UMass Boston


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Patrick Kearns samples salt marsh sediments from West Creek on Plum Island.

Patrick Kearns samples salt marsh sediments from West Creek on Plum Island.

Credit: John Angell, UMass Boston


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Researchers take a break from field sampling in Plum Island's salt marshes.

Researchers take a break from field sampling in Plum Island's salt marshes.

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