Science Omega: Unexpected numbers of microbes are fighting nitrous oxide

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Frank Loeffler, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Microbiology, was featured in Science-Omega for his research involving nitrous oxide. Loeffler and his international team have discovered that the range of microorganisms which combat the greenhouse gas is broader than expected. “The most important thing to note is that N2O is much more potent than CO2,” said Loeffler. “Its potential to trap solar radiation is far greater; small concentrations of N2O in the atmosphere can have a significant impact on global warming. Another issue to consider is that N2O – unlike CO2 – contributes to the destruction of the ozone layer.” Read the full story here.

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