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Marine Methylotrophs

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One carbon (C­1) compounds such as methane, methanol and methylamine are used as carbon and energy source by microbes known as methylotrophs. In the marine environment, where these compounds can sometimes be found in surprisingly high concentrations, methylotrophs responsible for metabolising them seem to be ubiquitous. By turning over these compounds in the water column and sediments, methylotrophic organisms therefore play key roles in major biogeochemical cycles. Investigation of the role of methylotrophic bacteria in the marine environment will thus be of significance to answer key questions about the cycling of carbon and nitrogen in marine microbial food webs.

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