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Hazardous gases sustain microbes underfoot

Most soil microorganisms can use the trace gases carbon monoxide, hydrogen and methane — and potentially other inorganic compounds — to supplement their cellular energetic needs.

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Fig. 1: Trace gas utilization may impact soil CUE estimates for soil microorganisms.

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Carini, P. Hazardous gases sustain microbes underfoot. Nat Microbiol 6, 145–146 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-020-00855-y

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