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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 Dec;71(12):8925-8.

Cooccurrence of aerobic and anaerobic methane oxidation in the water column of Lake Plusssee.

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  • 1Max Planck Institute for Limnology, August-Thienemann-Strasse 2, 24306 Plön, Germany.


Dissolved methane was investigated in the water column of eutrophic Lake Plusssee and compared to temperature, oxygen, and sulfide profiles. Methane concentrations and delta-13C signatures indicated a zone of aerobic methane oxidation and additionally a zone of anaerobic methane oxidation in the anoxic water body. The latter coincided with a peak in hydrogen sulfide concentration. High cell numbers of aerobic and anaerobic methane-oxidizing microorganisms were detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) or the more sensitive catalyst-amplified reporter deposition-FISH, respectively, in these layers.

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