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Methane production in a more saline world

McGenity, TJ (2010) 'Methane production in a more saline world.' In: Timmis, KN and McGenity, TJ and van der Meer, JR and de Lorenzo, V, (eds.) Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Springer, 3337 - 3338. ISBN 9783540775843

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Hypersaline environments are an important component of the Earth?s methane-generating capacity, and salinisation of land is a rampant problem, hence the need to investigate the influence of salinity on methane-producing and consuming microbes. Although a potent greenhouse gas, methane can also be harnessed as a fuel. With increasing pressure on freshwater resources, interest is growing in using marine waters in waste-treatment processes, e.g., sewage treatment. Also many waste streams are hypersaline, e.g., olive mill waste. These factors, coupled with the value of methane as a fuel generated from biological waste, should drive a research effort to better understand the effects of salinity on this important global process.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Terence McGenity
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 08:40
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 10:16

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