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Missouri Wetlands Could Hold Smallest Weapon For Fighting Climate Change

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In Missouri wetlands like this one at the Kendzora Conservation Area researchers are finding bacteria that trap carbon dioxide in wetland sediment.

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
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