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MICROBE MAGIC: How we can be mates with methane

Monday 8 May 17 10:00am

A microbe found in rice fields is helping to convert methane gas into biofuels | Yamanaka Tamaki


By TIM RADFORD | Swiss scientists have found a way to turn the potent greenhouse gas methane into the fuel methanol with help from water and a simple catalyst.

Meanwhile, US researchers have tested a way to convert methane into biofuels, specialised chemicals or even cattle feed with help from one microbe from rice fields and another from a Siberian lake.

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