31 May '15, 4am

The Secret Behind Biogenic Methane Discovered at Stanford

The Secret Behind Biogenic Methane Discovered at Stanford

Stanford University researchers have taken a quantum leap in discovering how methanogens acquire electrons from solid surfaces, how hydrogen producing enzymes are important in Methanogenesis, how certain enzymes take up electrons and many other interesting facts. Methane, the main component (87%) of natural gas, a fossil fuel, which can be found both underground and under the sea floor, is accumulated due to methanogenesis, a form of anaerobic respiration used by single-celled microorganisms called methanogens. Methanogenesis, a chemical reaction (CO2 + 8 H+ + 8 e− → CH4 (methane) + 2 H2 O) of carbon dioxide reduction with hydrogen as a reducing agent, occurs in low oxygen conditions and produces methane. Most of the naturally occurring methane is biogenic from methanogens, including human flatulence (as methanogens present in our intestines produce methane as they aid our...

Full article: http://www.greenoptimistic.com/biogenic-methane-stanford/

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