Stimulation of Methanotroph Activity by Cu-substituted Borosilicate Glass

Stimulation of Methanotroph Activity by Cu-substituted Borosilicate Glass

Previous investigations have shown that bacteria can derive benefits from elements within mineral assemblages associated with/or proximal to their point of attachment; however to date, no study has shown a direct connection between mineral dissolution and the biological oxidation of the greenhouse gas methane (CH4). Here we investigate linkages between the Cu content of silicate glasses (Si-glasses) and CH4 oxidation rates in Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b, a type II methanotroph. A series of batch growth experiments were performed under varying solid phase Cu (0, 80, 200, 400, and 800 ppm Cu) and initial aqueous phase methane concentrations (40, 70, and 130 nM CH4). Under near equilibrium conditions, the release of Cu from the glasses increased in association with M. trichosporium OB3b activity. The acquisition of Cu from the glasses directly influenced CH4 oxidation rates of M. trichosporium …

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