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These deep-sea microbes eat greenhouse gases

They can eat oil games as well. Hope you are hungry little guys, we have a lot to feed you.…

They can eat oil games as well. Hope you are hungry little guys, we have a lot to feed you.

What a wonderful planet we live on. It’s fun to be people, we tend to think we know everything, or everything about our planet, at least. But the foolishness of it is that we do not know what we do not know, but it’s so easy to believe we know everything.

I listen to this because of a new discovery by researchers at the University of Texas at the Austin Marine Science Institute. The team has taken a submersible – the one who found Titanic – on spin around the Guaymas Basin in the California Gulf. And very deep below 2000 meters below the surface, they have found all forms of previously unknown life in microbial communities that live in the extremely hot (400F) deep sea sediments.

So unknown, actually 551

genomes they examined, 22 of them represented new entries in the tree of life. According to Brett Baker, leading author of a paper of discovery, these new species were genetically different in order not only to represent new branches in the tree of life, but some were sufficiently different to represent brand new phyla.

What is obviously remarkable – but here it is where everything becomes even more interesting. These small enduring creatures are derived from hydrocarbons like methane and butane as sources of energy to survive and grow. “The significance of newly identified bacteria can help limit concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and may one day be useful to clear oil spill,” notes the researchers.

“This shows that deep oceans contain expansive unexplored biodiversity, and microscopic organisms are able to deteriorate oil and other harmful chemicals.” Under the seabed there are large reservoirs of hydrocarbon gases – including methane, propane, butane and others – and these microbes prevent greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere. “

Of course, greenhouse gases limit and prevent oil sprays should be our top priority – but how crazy to imagine microbattles that put their polluting eating powers to work in an effort to help us big people

And there is so much more we have not learned yet.

According to the authors, only a small amount – about 0.1 percent – of the world’s microbes can be grown, which means there are thousands if not millions of microbes that remain undiscovered. Now the team has moved on to sampling the pool in the pool that has not been studied before.

“We think this is just the top of the iceberg in terms of diversity in the Guaymas basin,” says Baker. 19659003] Who knows what they can find there – maybe even more life forms that we can not imagine yet.

You can read the entire paper in Nature Communications.

They can also extinguish oil spill. Hope you are hungry little guys, we have a lot to feed you.

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