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These Climate-friendly Microbes Recycle Carbon Without Producing Methane

Scientists have recently discovered an entirely new phylum of archaea, found within seven hot springs in China, as well as from the deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California. When studied, genes that produce methane could not be identified, signifying their significant role in Earth’s carbon cycle.

“Microorganisms are the most diverse and abundant form of life on Earth, and we just know 1 percent of them. Our information is biased toward the organisms that affect humans. But there are a lot of organisms that drive the main chemical cycles on Earth that we just don’t know.”

Valerie De Anda, environmental biologist at the University of Texas, Austin

Read the original article in Science.