Why sequence archaea in a terrestrial subsurface aquifer?
According to an International Panel on Climate Change report, as much as 12 percent of methane, a greenhouse gas considered to be far more potent than carbon dioxide, is not included in the current budget of methane flux and sink that can be produced within the Earth’s crust by microbial processes. To better understand the contributions of the microbial community and specific populations involved in the regulation of the global methane flux, a novel archaeal lineage found in an Illinois aquifer will be studied through single-cell genome sequencing.
Principal Investigators: Wen-Tso Liu, University of Illinois
Program: CSP 2011