UQ researchers discover a microbe that devours greenhouse gases, nitrates
The article describes the discovery of a new form of organism capable of consuming methane and also reducing nitrogen-related compounds. The newly discovered microbial process turns methane into carbon dioxide while breathing nitrate instead of oxygen.
The discovery is the product of ten years of multidisciplinary work by a team of microbiologists and process engineers, including CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Regional Executive Director, Professor Jurg Keller and Program Leader, Professor Zhiguo Yuan.
“This finding could potentially play an important role in the regulation of emissions of methane, a strong greenhouse gas, from aquatic environments to atmosphere, and also has great potential to revolutionise biological wastewater treatment,” Professor Yuan said.