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Bacteria that reduce methane


Acidobacteria play an important role in the carbon cycle. A newly discovered subspecies can also play an important role in the sulfur cycle.

The bacteria can reduce the formation of the greenhouse gas methane as an international team of scientists around microbiologist Alexander Loy from the University of Vienna reports in ISME journal. They have identified new sulfur bacteria that play an important role in the global sulfur and carbon cycles and could therefore affect the climate. [read more]

Hausmann B, Pelikan C, Herbold CW, Köstlbacher S, Albertsen M, Eichorst SA, Glavina del Rio T, Huemer M, Nielsen PH, Rattei T, Stingl U, Tringe SG, Trojan D, Wentrup C, Woebken D, Pester M, Loy A. Peatland Acidobacteria with a dissimilatory sulfur metabolism. The ISME Journal (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0077-1

Anantharaman K, Hausmann B, Jungbluth SP, Kantor RS, Lavy A, Warren LA, Rappé MS, Pester M, Loy A, Thomas BC, Banfield JF. Expanded diversity of microbial groups that shape the dissimilatory sulfur cycle. The ISME Journal (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0078-0

New sulfur bacteria were identified in Schlöppnerbrunnen-Moor (Germany) (c) University of Vienna