Sulphur bacteria – detox for the oceans

Sulphur bacteria have been adapting to ever-changing environments perfectly, developing their own fascinating “life style” in the process: Some cluster into a fibrous bond, gliding back and forth between the sea bottom and the water zone like a thin worm. Others build a “forest” of sulphur droplets in which they can hide. We have yet to discover many details about the life of sulphur bacteria, yet their value to the ecosystem is indisputable: They bind toxic hydrogen sulphide, thus rendering the ocean habitable for other animals.

Concept: Starting point is a scientific computer simulation. The film tells the “story behind”.

Production: for Max Planck Society
Author: Nicola Wettmarshausen
Length: 5.31 min.

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