Questions tagged [chemosynthesis]

the synthesis of organic compounds by bacteria or other living organisms using energy derived from reactions involving inorganic chemicals, typically in the absence of sunlight.

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What is the role of a chemotroph in an ecosystem?

Chemotrophs are bacteria that synthesize ATP based on favorable REDOX reactions. This solves the problem as to how they can survive. But what exactly is their function in an ecosystem? For example, ...
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Is it possible to have life that feeds on thermal energy

On earth, as far a we know, there are two main ways that bacteria gain energy. First, there is Photosynthesis, the transition of light into chemical based energies such as ATP. Second, there are ...
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Bacteria trapped in crystal inclusions found 'alive' after 50,000 years - what were they eating all that time?

The article Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old describes the announcement by NASA Astrobiology Institute director Penelope Boston at the 2017 AAAS meeting$^{(1)}$ of ...
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