Methane-cycling microorganisms in soils of a high-alpine altitudinal gradient.

  title={Methane-cycling microorganisms in soils of a high-alpine altitudinal gradient.},
  author={Katrin Hofmann and Harald Pauli and Nadine Praeg and Andreas Otto Wagner and Paul Illmer},
  journal={FEMS microbiology ecology},
  volume={92 3}
Methanogens and methanotrophs play unique roles as producers and consumers of the greenhouse gas methane (CH4) in soils, respectively. Here, we aimed to reveal whether and to which extent methane-cyclers occur in high-alpine soils, and to assess their spatial distribution along an altitudinal gradient (2700-3500 m) in the Austrian Alps at sites located within the alpine (2700-2900 m), the alpine-nival (3000-3100 m) and the nival belts (3200-3500 m). Methanococcales and Methanocella spp. were… CONTINUE READING
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