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Deep Sea Methane Scavengers Captured


May 13, 2008

archaea in red sulfate reducing bacteria in green Scientists of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena succeeded in capturing syntrophic microorganisms that are known to dramatically reduce the oceanic emission of methane into the atmosphere. These microorganisms that oxidize methane anaerobically are an important component of the global carbon cycle and a major sink for methane on Earth. Full Story

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Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

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