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New findings in methane-utilizing bacteria highlight their importance in the biosphere and their commercial potential

Nature volume 286, pages 561564 (07 August 1980) | Download Citation

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Recent results, showing that the ubiquitous methane-utilizing bacteria (methanotrophs) can partially oxidize and, in some cases, extensively metabolize complex organic compounds, call for a reappraisal of their role in the cycling of elements in the biosphere. Possible environmental implications and opportunities for industrial exploitation are discussed.

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