Yorkshire Post

Microbes play part in warming

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MICROBES ARE generating a vast pool of marine methane that is contributi­ng to global warming, a British team of scientists has confirmed.

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London, traced the source of methane in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Sediment from the ocean floor, where there is very little oxygen, revealed how bugs are creating the largest region of marine methane on Earth.

Dr Felicity Shelley, from the university’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, said: “The research is novel because it’s the first time anyone has successful­ly retrieved sediment from this part of the ocean and directly measured methane production using specialise­d equipment on board the research ship. It is important that we understand how microbes produce and consume this powerful greenhouse gas.”

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