Tectonomicrobiology: A new paradigm for geobiological research
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Geomicrobiology is a sub-discipline of geobiology and emphasizes the interaction between microorganisms and their environment on Earth. There is a need to explicitly emphasize the biogeochemical processes performed by microorganisms associated with Earth’s tectonic activities, especially under the framework of the modern theory of plate tectonics. Tectonomicrobiology aims to create a better synergy between microbial and active tectonic processes. This explicit synergy should also foster better communications between solid Earth scientists and life scientists in terms of holistic Earth system dynamics at both tectonic and micro-scales.
KeywordsGeobiology Geomicrobiology Tectonomicrobiology Tectonic activities Microbial evolution
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This writing was inspired and made possible by discussions with Benchun Duan, Mian Liu, Zhigang Peng, Shufeng Yang, Hongfu Yin, Peizhen Zhang, and Yuanqing Zhu. Special thanks are due to Mian Liu and Tommy Phelps who provided valuable comments that significantly improved the quality of the paper. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41530105, 41373072, 91628301 & U1606401), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant Nos. Y4SL021001 & QYZDY-SSW-DQC005), and the Southern University of Science and Technology (Grant No. Y01316209).
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