Articles | Volume 15, issue 16
Research article
28 Aug 2018
Research article |  | 28 Aug 2018

Basin-scale variability of microbial methanol uptake in the Atlantic Ocean

Stephanie L. Sargeant, J. Colin Murrell, Philip D. Nightingale, and Joanna L. Dixon


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (11 Jul 2018) by Silvio Pantoja
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (23 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (04 Aug 2018) by Silvio Pantoja
Short summary
Methanol is a climate-active gas and the most abundant oxygenated volatile organic compound in the atmosphere and seawater. This study uniquely combines methanol tracer uptake experiments with 16S rRNA pyrosequencing to show basin-wide microbial methanol uptake throughout the top 200 m of the Atlantic Ocean. These rates showed a positive correlation with the numbers of SAR11 16S rRNA gene sequences, suggesting these numerous bacteria are important sinks for methanol in seawater.
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