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Photosynthesis‐driven methane production in oxic lake water as an important contributor to methane emission / MARCO GUNTHEL, Isabell Klawonn, Jason Woodhouse, Mina Bižić, Danny Ionescu, Lars Ganzert, Steffen Kümmel, Ivonne Nijenhuis, Luca Zoccarato, Hans‐Peter Grossart, Kam Tang

Limnology and Oceanography, Volume: 65, Issue: 12

Swansea University Authors: MARCO GUNTHEL, Kam Tang

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DOI (Published version): 10.1002/lno.11557

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The discovery of methane production in oxic waters challenges the paradigm of strict anoxic requirement for biological methanogenesis. We usd field measurements and incubation experiments to show that oxic-water CH4 production occurred in Lake Stechlin was associated with phytoplankton especially di...

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Published in: Limnology and Oceanography
ISSN: 0024-3590 1939-5590
Published: Wiley
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Abstract: The discovery of methane production in oxic waters challenges the paradigm of strict anoxic requirement for biological methanogenesis. We usd field measurements and incubation experiments to show that oxic-water CH4 production occurred in Lake Stechlin was associated with phytoplankton especially diatoms, cyanobacteria, green algae and cryptophytes. Using 13C-labeling techniques we showed that bicarbonate was converted to CH4, and the production exceeded oxidation during daytime. These experimental and field data together indicate a clear link between photosynthesis and oxic CH4 production. Our results suggest that the oxic CH4 source significantly contributed to surface emission in Lake Stechlin, and call for re-examination of the aquatic CH4 cycle and climate predictions.
Keywords: oxic methane source, photosynthesis, phosphorus, atmospheric CH4 emission, lakes
Issue: 12