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Methane oxidation in sediments of a floodplain wetland in south-eastern Australia

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posted on 2023-04-03, 17:34 authored by P. I Boon, K Lee
La Trobe University Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre

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Potential rates of in vitro methane oxidation in sediments from a floodplain wetland in south-eastern Australia ranged between 0·05 and 0·45 μmol cm−3 h−1. These rates were at least an order of magnitude greater than were potential rates of in vitro methanogenesis, indicating that methanotrophic bacteria could intercept most of the methane produced in the sediments before it was lost to the atmosphere. This finding has implications for environmental management strategies designed to limit methane emissions from natural wetlands, and for fundamental studies of carbon cycling in natural freshwater environments, where methane emissions have been used as an indicator of rates of anaerobic decay of plant detritus. Methane oxidation was an obligately aerobic process, and added sulphate or nitrate could not replace oxygen as a suitable oxidant. Ammonium had little effect on methane oxidation, but allythiourea was strongly inhibitory.

History

Publication Date

1997-07-01

Journal

Letters in applied microbiology.

Volume

25

Issue

2

Pagination

138-142

Publisher

England: Blackwell Science.

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arrow migration 2023-03-15 20:45. Ref: f1b71f. IDs:['http://hdl.handle.net/1959.9/532108', 'latrobe:33155']

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