Biogeochemistry: Methane and microbes

@article{Thauer2006BiogeochemistryMA,
  title={Biogeochemistry: Methane and microbes},
  author={Rudolf K Thauer and Seigo Shima},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={440},
  pages={878-879}
}
Microorganisms can carry out a wonderful range of chemical transformations. The anaerobic oxidation of methane seemed not to be among them. But it is — both with sulphate, and now it turns out, with nitrate.Ridding the world of methaneAlthough much speculated on, no microorganisms had been shown capable of anaerobic methane oxidation using nitrate as the sole electron acceptor. Now this reaction has been demonstrated in the laboratory in a microbial community with two members, one a slow… Expand
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