Uncovering new microbial players and processes in the global methane cycle (2018–2022)
The global methane cycle is controlled by microorganisms that produce and consume this important green house
gas; however it is now recognised that there are many as-yet undiscovered methane-metabolising microorganisms in the environment. The overarching aim of this proposal is to utilise multiple analytical strategies (including metagenomics and metatranscriptomics) to substantially expand our nderstanding of the key microorganisms, metabolic strategies, and interspecies relationships involved in the formation and consumption of methane. This research will lead to a greater understanding of the contribution of these novel microorganisms to global carbon cycling and their links to climate change.