Vital role for bacteria in climate-change gas cycle

Monday, March 29, 2010 - 22:21 in Physics & Chemistry

Isoprene is a Jekyll-and-Hyde gas that is capable of both warming and cooling the Earth depending on the prevailing conditions. It is an important industrial gas, necessary for the manufacture of important compounds such as rubber and vitamins, but very little is known about how isoprene is cycled in the environment. Researchers have now revealed the identity of some crucial players in the gas cycle: isoprene-degrading bacteria.

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