Volume 89 Issue 2 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 10, 2011

Oil-Leak Methane Consumed By Bacteria

Methanotrophic bacteria made quick work of methane stemming from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: oil spill, Gulf of Mexico, Deepwater Horizon, methanotroph, methane

It took a little while for methanotrophic bacteria to gear up to consume methane spilled along with the oil after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year. But once the bacteria got started, they made quick work of the job, reports a group led by John D. Kessler of Texas A&M University and David L. Valentine of the University of California, Santa Barbara (Science, . . .

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