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SAR11, oceans' most abundant organism, has ability to create methane
July 7, 2014
The oxygen-rich surface waters of the world's major oceans are supersaturated with methane--a powerful greenhouse gas that is roughly 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide--yet little is known about the source of this methane. A new study demonstrates the ability of some strains of the oceans' most abundant organism--SAR11--to generate methane as a byproduct of breaking down a compound for its phosphorus.
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