You are here

Tiny bacteria play an elemental role in stabilizing Earth’s atmosphere

意得辑专家视点 | 2016年5月18日 | 563 浏览次数
Tiny bacteria play an elemental role in stabilizing Earth’s atmosphere

Researchers at the University of East Anglia discovered that ‘Pelagibacterales,’ a group of bacteria, have a significant role to play in maintaining the stability of the Earth’s atmosphere by increasing the cloud droplets. This bacteria, which are the smallest genomes of all free-living organisms, are found in abundance on the Earth. While it is known that this group of bacteria produce dimethyl sulfide, which is an environmentally important gas, how they produce it was not known. The researcher group that studied this bacteria found that marine plankton produce a compound called dimethylsulfoniopropionate in large quantities, which is then broken down by pelagibacterales using a previously unknown enzyme. As this enzyme is found many other marine bacterial species, researchers think that the contribution of pelagibacterales has been underestimated and needs to be studied further to understand how it can help improve the Earth’s climate.          

Read more in Science Daily

重新发布

喜欢这篇文章的内容吗?欢迎重复发表!
《意得辑专家视点》深信知识需要开放给所有大众并传播,因此我们鼓励读者重复发表我们的内容,重复发表形式可为在线或印刷。我们采用知识共享(Creative Commons license),只要您遵守以下事项,即可免费重复发表我们的内容:
  • 作者信息:请尊重我们的作者,他们花费了时间精力为您撰写这些有价值的内容,重复发表时加注作者信息。
  • 意得辑专家视点:必须注明文章出自《意得辑专家视点》。
  • 表达您的情意:您可以加句“前往《意得辑专家视点》阅读全文”之类的话,啊,还有,别忘了加上文章链接。
  • 重复使用图片:要使用某些文章的图片必须事先取得许可,并加注图片原始出处。
  • 镶嵌代码:要重复使用这篇文章最简单的方式就是将下面的代码复制贴上您的页面!

 

请将上方代码直接复制贴上到您的网站,即可重新发布