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A New Underwater Microbe Munches On Greenhouse Gases

Researchers have discovered new microbes that can wolf down greenhouse gases found deep down under the ocean. The scientists have found almost 2 Dozens of new kinds of microbes during the current study and concluded that many of them tend to consume the green gases as a survival approach.

Looking at the increasing climatic changes taking place across the entire globe, these microbes are a ray of hope that can be used to preserve our environment. According to the University of Texas researchers, the gobbling microbes generally break down hydrocarbons including butane, methane, and others. The microbes during their time make use of the underwater gases as the sole source of energy in order to survive and develop. It can thus be confirmed that the latest discovered bacteria is already playing the role of a shielding knight by helping curb the concentration of the atmospheric greenhouse gases. The scientists are now thinking about putting the natural organism to use in the future by making them clean up the oil spills spreading across the water.

The researchers discovered the microbes in the Guaymas Basin which is present in the Gulf of California. The species found are completely different from the formerly studied microbes and they indeed represent a totally unique branch in the pedigree of life. The pollutant-eating powers of the microbes can resist global warming showcasing their extreme unfamiliar biodiversity. The microscopic organisms underwater are generally capable of oil and other toxic chemical degradation but this new discovery is a completely new arena. The Alvin submersible is being used to hunt down the exclusive bacteria from 1.2 miles below the surface in the 392 degrees Fahrenheit temperature owing to the volcanic activity. The DNA sequencing is also being used for understanding the new bacteria and their role in environments conservation. Now Uwe Sauer from the ETH Zurich and his team have found that a single protein, FtsZ, in the cell interior is responsible for deciding on whether the dormant bacteria can begin to reproduce or not using molecular mechanics.