Methane production and methane consumption: a review of processes underlying wetland methane fluxes.

R. Segers

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Abstract

Potential rates of both methane production and methane consumption vary over three orders of magnitude and their distribution is skew. These rates are weakly correlated with ecosystem type, incubation temperature, in situ aeration, latitude, depth and distance to oxic/anoxic interface. Anaerobic carbon mineralisation is a major control of methane production. The large range in anaerobic CH_4:CO_2 production rates indicate that a large part of the anaerobically mineralised carbon is used for reduction of electron acceptors, and, hence, is not available for methanogenesis. Consequently, cycling of electron acceptors needs to be studied to understand methane production. Methane and oxygen half saturation constants for methane oxidation vary about one order of magnitude. Potential methane oxidation seems to be correlated with methanotrophic biomass. Therefore, variation in potential methane oxidation could be related to site characteristics with a model of methanotrophic biomass.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-51
JournalBiogeochemistry
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

  • air
  • hygiene
  • air pollution
  • methane
  • greenhouse effect
  • global warming
  • soil bacteria
  • swamp soils
  • bog soils
  • peat soils
  • wetlands
  • polders

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