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Just out of curiousity, what about phosphorous? I know the only source of P is from the mineral apatite (ie, not atmospheric). I'm not sure about the relationships with microbes with P... Just a thought... Heather

I agree that chemical formulas would be a good addition to the site. Overall what you have looks great, Heather

Hey Guys! This page is looking pretty good! My recommendations are as follows: 1. First of all, I do not understand how you could have written an entire page on Geomicrobiology without mentioning the word lithoautotroph. You should probably work this word into your page and define it. 2. For the different chemicals that are broken down by microorganisms, please inform us as to whether the microorganisms are doing this because they are obtaining specific nutrients from the rock, or if this is a side effect of another process. 3. How do these different processes aid other soil organisms? 4. Taking the time to integrate your links into the text instead of using a "click here" strategy would be valuable. 5. Please provide chemical formulas and energy budgets for each process mentioned. References and existing information look good! Metotman 21:53, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Very nice reference section! One last thing: I noticed that you don't have any links to microbes on the MicrobeWiki, even though you have some listed in your sections. If the exampls listed have pages on MicrobeWiki, the way you create a link is by flanking the organism name with two square brackets, like so Methylobacterium. The apostrophes italicize the name.Jmmullane 05:40, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

In the section on microbial energetics, maybe you could mention why fermentation yields less ATP than respiration (lack of e- transport chain, etc.). It might also be helpful to mention e- carriers and how they eliminate the need for TEAs in fermentation.Jmmullane 05:32, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Great job with the page! It seems like you covered everything. One suggestion: instead of saying "for more information follow this link", tell us what page it will be going to/what additional information we can expect to find there. Aebellows 07:11, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

"ATP is heterotrophically generated by fermentation or respiration." This is true, but can't ATP be generated by autotrophs as well, otherwise how would they survive.

I think it is important to include the chemical equations involved in these transformations. Example: in the Sufur section you could add: SO32- + 6 H+ 6 e- --> H2S + H2O + 2 OH-

Icclark 06:08, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Nice page! One suggestion: under the Microbial energetics section, you say that "a nice summary can be found at:_________" with an image to the side. You might say that the image is the summary, because right now it looks like you forgot to post a link to somewhere.Njblackburn 04:36, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Also, if you want a numbered list to be a list down the page, rather than in a paragraph, put an extra line between the sentences

1) like

2) this

Njblackburn 04:36, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

I agree!! I aslo added uranium which seems to have an interesting relationship with Iron and nitrateEgrgutierrez 03:12, 14 March 2008 (UTC)----

Wow, your page looks really great! I love the warm and inviting into, and I thought everything was really well written. I don't really have any good suggestions for your group other than one small point: where you have a list of processes in the beginning, you may want to change that to "processes and environments", since you are including hot springs on the list. Otherwise, I think it's perfecto! Heather ---

Leslie, I think its coming together very nicely what do you think .... anything you want me to do?Calgilbert 21:14, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Hey Neel: you've got great suggestions...thank-you thank-you!  :) Leslie Peacock 12:00, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Also the page might benefit from the addition of ecological significance section for this topic. Njppatel 18:26, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Good Idea Njppatel I will look into itCalgilbert 18:49, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Looks great, i would suggest under the microorganisms involved you add some specific example of organisms involved in geomicrobiologyNjppatel 18:23, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for the sugesttion Njppatel, but i belive there already are some specific examples listedCalgilbert 18:49, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

I would suggest to put the link to the existing microbe page in wiki, for example Pseudomonas putida. Tantayotai 00:38, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for the suggestion I have added the linkCalgilbert 18:49, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

You don't need to geomicrobiology methods section because those methods are common to all the sections in the wiki, unless you can justify some very specific methods for geomicrobiology itself. Kate Scow

I went ahead and deleted this section.Calgilbert 19:09, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

Also I don't know that the category "geomicrobiology habitats" will work well in your section unless you want to do some special environments like hot springs or volcanic soils. Kate Scow

I would suggest organizing the category process by the different elements: e.g. iron, manganese, mercury, selenium sulfur (you don't have to go too far with this, just focus on main ones)

You might want to maintain that type of organization then when you talk about specific organisms OR you can have the organisms as a subcategory under each element. Kate Scow


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Good start - did you look around to see if any microbes that are important to different geomicrobiology processes have pages already?

Irina C 21:42, 10 February 2008 (UTC)