Bacterial fermentation and respiration processes are uncoupled in anoxic permeable sediments
"Permeable (sandy) sediments cover half of the continental margin and are major regulators of oceanic carbon cycling. The microbial communities within these highly dynamic sediments frequently shift between oxic and anoxic states, and hence are less stratified than those in cohesive (muddy) sediments. A major question is, therefore, how these communities maintain metabolism during oxic–anoxic transitions. [...]"
Source: Nature Microbiology
Authors: Adam J. Kessler et al.