Monday, July 15, 2024

‘Effect of Fe(II)Cl2 on Pond Methane Emissions through Iron-dependent Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane’


A new study published in FEMS Microbiology Ecology reveals an innovative approach to reducing methane emissions from ponds. The research, led by Quinten Struik and his team, shows that adding Fe(II)Cl2 to ponds can effectively suppress methane emissions by stimulating iron-dependent anaerobic oxidation of methane.

The study, conducted by researchers including José R Paranaíba and Martyna Glodowska, found that the addition of Fe(II)Cl2 led to a significant decrease in methane emissions from ponds. According to the findings, the iron in Fe(II)Cl2 acts as a catalyst for the anaerobic oxidation of methane, leading to a reduction in methane levels in the water.

Sarian Kosten, one of the researchers involved in the study, explained that this new approach could have important implications for greenhouse gas reduction efforts. By targeting methane emissions from ponds, which are a significant source of methane in the environment, the Fe(II)Cl2 treatment could help to mitigate climate change.

The research team, which also included Berber M J W Meulepas and Ana B Rios-Miguel, emphasized the importance of further research to explore the potential of Fe(II)Cl2 treatment on a larger scale. Mike S M Jetten, another researcher on the team, highlighted the need for more studies to assess the long-term effects of this treatment and its feasibility for widespread implementation.

Overall, the study points to a promising new strategy for reducing methane emissions from ponds. With further research and development, the Fe(II)Cl2 treatment could play a key role in efforts to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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