Sparks fly between methane producing microbes

Methanosaeta, one of the earth’s most prominent methane producing micro-organisms, converts CO2 to methane by making electrical connections with other micro-organisms.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts, has shed new light on how bacteria collaborate to anaerobically digest biomass to produce methane.

Methane is 20 times more effective at retaining heat than CO2 and therefore makes a greater short-term contribution to global warming.

Read more at University of Massachusetts