Degradation of methyl bromide in anaerobic sediments.

  title={Degradation of methyl bromide in anaerobic sediments.},
  author={Ronald S Oremland and Laurence G. Miller and Francis E. Strohmaier},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  volume={28 3},
Methyl bromide (MeBr) was anaerobically degraded in saltmarsh sediments after reaction with sulfide. The product of this nucleophilic substitution reaction was methanethiol, which underwent further chemical and bacterial reactions to form dimethyl sulfide. These two gases appeared transiently during sediment incubations because they were metabolized by methanogenic and sulfate-reducing bacteria. A second, less significant reaction of MeBr was the exchange with chloride, forming methyl chloride… CONTINUE READING


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