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Chemical Biomarkers in Aquatic Ecosystems$
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Thomas S. Bianchi and Elizabeth A. Canuel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691134147

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691134147.001.0001

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Metabolic Synthesis

Metabolic Synthesis

Chapter:
(p.1) 1. Metabolic Synthesis
Source:
Chemical Biomarkers in Aquatic Ecosystems
Author(s):

Thomas S. Bianchi

Elizabeth A. Canuel

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691134147.003.0001

This chapter provides a general background on the synthesis of chemical biomarkers and their association with key metabolic pathways in organisms, as related to differences in cellular structure and function across the three domains of life. It discusses photosynthesis, the dominant pathway by which biomass is synthesized. It also presents information about chemoautotrophic and microbial heterotrophic processes. The holistic view of biosynthetic pathways of chemical biomarkers provides a roadmap for other chapters in the book, where more specific details on chemical pathways are presented for each of the respective biomarker groups. While other organic geochemistry books have generally introduced the concepts of chemical biomarkers in the context of physical and chemical gradients found in natural ecosystems (e.g., anaerobic, aerobic), this book begins by examining biosynthetic pathways at the cellular level of differentiation.

Keywords:   chemical biomarkers, biosynthesis, metabolic pathways, cellular structure, photosynthesis, biomass synthesis, microbial heterotrophic processes

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