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genus Geobacter – direct interspecies electron transport transfer Methane Microbes 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference

October 24, 2015

direct interspecies electron transport transfer Methane Microbes 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference

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here’s more data for you to consider, creating more of these microbes to EAT the methane up!

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Guided by this information, Chadwick and McGlynn looked for independent evidence to support the possibility of direct interspecies electron transfer. Cultured bacteria, such as those from the genus Geobacter, are model organisms for the direct electron transfer process. These bacteria use large proteins, called multi-heme cytochromes, on their outer surface that act as conductive “wires” for the transport of electrons.

Using genome analysis—along with transmission electron microscopy and a stain that reacts with these multi-heme cytochromes—the researchers showed that these conductive proteins were also present on the outer surface of the archaea they were studying. And that finding, Orphan says, can explain why the spatial arrangement of the syntrophic partners does not seem to affect their relationship or activity.

– See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/flowing-electrons-help-ocean-microbes-gulp-methane-47915#sthash.fGOAZH6V.dpuf

http://www.caltech.edu/news/flowing-electrons-help-ocean-microbes-gulp-methane-47915

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