Quantification of methane oxidation in the rice rhizosphere using C-13-labelled methane

T.T. Groot, P.M. van Bodegom, F.J.M. Harren, H.A.J. Meijer

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In this paper isotope ratio mass spectrometry is used to determine the methane (CH4) oxidation fraction in the rhizosphere of intact rice plant-soil systems. Earlier studies on quantification of the methane oxidation were based on inhibition or incubation procedures which strongly interfered with the plant-soil system and resulted in a large variability of the reported fractions, while other studies considered stable isotopes at natural abundance levels to investigate methanotrophy in the rhizosphere of rice. The current work is the first that used C-13-labelled CH4 as additive and calculated the oxidation fraction from the ratio between the added C-13-labelled CH4 and its oxidation product (CO2)-C-13. Both labelled gases could be distinguished from the natural abundance percentages. The oxidation fraction for methane was found to be smaller than 7%, suggesting that former approaches overestimate the methane oxidation fraction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-372
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • oxidizing bacteria
  • methyl-fluoride
  • ch4 oxidation
  • paddy fields
  • emission
  • soil
  • microcosms
  • inhibitor
  • cultivars
  • carbon


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