Synthesis of Methylphosphonic Acid by Marine Microbes: A Source for Methane in the Aerobic Ocean

Professor of Microbiology William Metcalf is lead author on a new study of ocean methane in Science. Up to 4 percent of the methane on Earth comes from the ocean’s oxygen-rich waters, but scientists have been unable to identify the source of this potent greenhouse gas. Now researchers report that they have found the culprit: a bit of “weird chemistry” practiced by the most abundant microbes on the planet.

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August 31, 2012 All News