Although the scientific evidence has suggested the existence of a microorganism that can consume ethane under anoxic conditions, up until now its identity has remained elusive. Song-Can Chen et al. describe one such microorganism—which they call ‘Candidatus Argoarchaeum ethanivorans’—that can degrade ethane with help of two sulfate-reducing bacteria.
- Elusive microbe that consumes ethane found under the sea (News & Views p40, doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-00842-2)
- Anaerobic oxidation of ethane by archaea from a marine hydrocarbon seep (Letter p108, doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1063-0)
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