Large carbon isotope fractionation associated with oxidation of methyl halides by methylotrophic bacteria.

@article{Miller2001LargeCI,
  title={Large carbon isotope fractionation associated with oxidation of methyl halides by methylotrophic bacteria.},
  author={Laurence G. Miller and Robert M Kalin and Sonia McCauley and John T. G. Hamilton and David B. Harper and Dylan B. Millet and Ronald S. Oremland and Allen H. Goldstein},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2001},
  volume={98 10},
  pages={
          5833-7
        }
}
The largest biological fractionations of stable carbon isotopes observed in nature occur during production of methane by methanogenic archaea. These fractionations result in substantial (as much as approximately 70 per thousand) shifts in delta(13)C relative to the initial substrate. We now report that a stable carbon isotopic fractionation of comparable magnitude (up to 70 per thousand) occurs during oxidation of methyl halides by methylotrophic bacteria. We have demonstrated biological… CONTINUE READING
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