Missouri Wetlands Could Hold Smallest Weapon For Fighting Climate Change
Microbes living in these aquatic environments consume carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas.
Known as photoferrotrophs, these microscopic organisms are plentiful in our oceans.
But the discovery that they are also in fresh water wetlands could open the door to a natural means of sequestering carbon dioxide, a major contributor to global warming.
Members of a research team at Washington University made the discovery and are now studying the microbes to determine just how effective they could be in fighting climate change.
- Arpita Bose, associate professor of biology, Washington University
- Emily Davenport, candidate, plant & microbiology PhD program, Washington University