Impact of methanotroph ecology on upland methane biogeochemistry in grassland soils
Molecular assays of soil environments reveal tremendous microbial diversity, but it remains unclear how this diversity might be mechanistically linked to the ecology of the organisms and their biogeochemical function. Methane consumption in upland soils is arguably the simplest biogeochemical function, and there are emerging patterns in the diversity and biogeography of the organisms that carry out soil methane consumption. This simplicity may allow methane uptake in upland soils to be a model system for merging microbial ecology, diversity and biogeochemistry. Five key traits appear critical ...
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