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Thursday, September 3, 2015

These bacteria can save the Earth from the greenhouse effect

Researchers from Newcastle University discovered that methanotroph bacteria it can oxidize methane, converting the gas producing the greenhouse effect is becoming chemicals safer for human environment.
Cold seeps, the sites on the ocean floor where the bubbles of the methane gas rise up, are a home for a varied communities of bacteria, bivalves and other associated life forms. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1WWhyur)
In methanotroph, researchers found a protein that is capable of storing copper (called Csp). Protein in methanotroph bacteria can save metal, led researchers to wonder how the bacterium could contain copper ions are toxic to cells.

Apart from that, the scientists looked at the methanotroph bacteria as a great potential for the use of biotechnology methane, a renewable carbon source.

According to Chris Dennison, a professor of Biological Chemistry, who led the study, it is important to understand how the process of oxidation of methane bacteria, as well as to understand how copper is obtained and stored in the body. "Csp protein discovery helps our understanding of the processes (oxidation) of this complex," he said, as quoted by Science Daily.

With the discovery, the team hopes to develop a cutting-edge biotechnology tools to reduce methane gas content of the atmosphere, so that clean air is more widely available to the survival of creatures on Earth.

Results of the research team associated with the methanotroph bacteria and further clarification of the process of oxidation of methane by bacteria that can be found in the journal Nature. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SCIENCE DAILY]
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