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Paired Microbes Eliminate Methane-Using Sulfur Pathway
January 17, 2008
Anaerobic microbes in the Earth's oceans consume 90 percent of the methane produced by methane hydrates--methane trapped in ice, preventing large amounts of methane from reaching the atmosphere. Researchers now have evidence that the two microbes that accomplish this feat do not simply reverse the way methane-producing microbes work, but use a sulfur compound instead.
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