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Methane-producing microbe unthawed

A newly discovered microbe could contribute large amounts of methane to the atmosphere, playing a significant role in future global warming.

The microbe known as a “methanogen”, was found in northern Sweden’s thawing permafrost in a layer of soil that has previously remained frozen.

Scientists have never seen this methane producing microbe before and its effects were previously unknown.

Professor Ben Woodcroft from University of Queensland has found that as global warming continues to cause the thawing of permafrost, the microbes within flourish and drive methane gas release, which will further exacerbate global warming.

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  1. Rhiannon Mondav

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    Dear editor

    I am the listed first co-author on the paper mentioned in the press release 'Newly discovered microbe holds key to global warming'. Due to some oversight I was neither mentioned nor contacted regarding the press release on this work. The UQ press release has now been ammended. I would like to take this oportunity to correct an error in the release: "no one knew of the microbe’s existence or how it worked before the research discovery" is incorrect. The correct statement should be "fragments…

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