Research report 2018 - Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Friend or foe: microorganisms and greenhouse gases
Milucka, Jana; Graf, Jon; Marchant, Hannah
Abteilung Biogeochemie, Forschungsgruppe Treibhausgase
SummaryThe greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide are powerful contributors to current day global warming. Apart from human activity also natural habitats, such as lakes or the oceans, act as sources of these gases which are directly emitted into the atmosphere. The production and degradation of methane and nitrous oxide in nature is almost exclusively processed by microorganisms. We are on our way to identify the involved microbial species and how they respond to human-induced changes in their given environments.