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Bacteria detected that can effectively absorb methane
- April 13, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
The atmosphere of the Earth is that without which no form of life known to us can exist. However, in the atmosphere of our planet there are quite a few not very useful and necessary substances, some of which continue to increase in their volumes. In order to minimize the emission and distribution of methane in the atmosphere, chemical engineering specialists from the University of Vienna in Austria presented their new development, which revolves around the use of a special bacterium that can literally devour huge amounts of methane gas, thereby disarming it and making it less dangerous living organisms.
Previously, scientists only assumed the presence of such a bacterium that can help eliminate large amounts of methane released into the atmosphere – of course, compared to carbon dioxide, methane cannot boast of just as high a prevalence, but it has a significantly greater degree of rapid heat absorption and some beneficial elements atmosphere, and what is the desire of experts to minimize this methane hazard.
As for the bacterium, it was experimentally found during testing sessions of various bacterial compounds together with methane reactions – and it became the bacterium Methylocapsa gorgona, which, in addition to the rapid absorption of methane, also has some other useful properties. For example, it can also regulate the state and volume of nitrogen in the atmosphere, as well as minimize the risk of an increase in carbon dioxide during changes in the chemical component of the atmosphere. At the same time she needs only oxygen for a full life.
Such a bacterium will certainly become the most promising candidate for use in new types of diets for animals and in the industrial sector, since these two reasons are the largest in a large release of methane gas into the atmosphere. However, so far scientists from Vienna are interested in maximally stabilizing the state and peculiarities of the chemical reaction using this bacterium in their prototype devices.