Mineralogical control on methylotrophic methanogenesis and implications for cryptic methane cycling in marine surface sediment

An article by Xiao et Al, published by Nature Communications in May 2022, found “that methylamines, the major substrates for cryptic methane production in marine surface sediment, are strongly adsorbed by marine sediment clays, and that this adsorption significantly reduces their concentrations in the dissolved pool”. Their article concludes: “our study provides direct evidence that the adsorption of [Organic Carbon methylamines] by minerals (clay) limits the availability of [Organic Carbon methylamines] to microbes (M. methylutens) and results in a slow-down and reduction of remineralisation of Organic Carbon (methane production)”

Silson’s silicon membrane windows were used in a high vacuum environment during the experiment.

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