Methylotrophic methanogenesis and potential methylated substrates in marine sediment
|Other Titles:||Methylotropher Methanogenese und potentielle methylierte Substrate in marinen Sedimenten||Authors:||Zhuang, Guangchao||Supervisor:||Hinrichs, Kai-Uwe||1. Expert:||Hinrichs, Kai-Uwe||2. Expert:||Teske, Andreas||Abstract:||
Methane is the simplest hydrocarbon and a potent greenhouse gas that plays important roles in atmospheric chemistry, the global carbon cycle, and the formation of gas hydrates in marine sediment. Microbial production of methane is the terminal step during the degradation of organic matter. It is generally thought that methane is predominantly produced from hydrogenotrophic and acetoclastic methanogenesis, while methylotrophic methanogenesis and its relative importance for methane production in marine sediments remain largely unconstrained. The main objective of this study is to constrain potential methylated substrates and methylotrophic methanogenic activities, and further evaluate the importance of methylotrophic methanogenesis in marine sediment. As the lack of knowledge on in situ concentrations of methylated compounds impedes our understanding on their quantitative contribution to methane production, the first step was to determine the concentrations and carbon isotopic composition of methylated compounds using newly-developed methods. Quantitative or isotopic analysis of methanol, trimethylamine (TMA) and dimethylsulfide (DMS) in marine sediment and pore waters were achieved using gas chromatographic approaches in combination with a range of pretreatment techniques. Using these protocols, the concentrations and distributions of methylated compounds were determined in a variety of marine sediments from Aarhus Bay in Denmark, Orca Basin in the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of Lions in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. To further constrain the importance of methylotrophic methanogenesis, two case studies combining the newly-developed methods as well as various biogeochemical analyses were performed in hypersaline sediment and estuarine sediment. In hypersaline sediment of Orca Basin, multiple lines of evidences from abundances of methanogenic substrates, carbon isotope systematics between methane and substrates, thermodynamic calculations, stable isotope tracer and radiotracer experiments as well as gene and lipid biomarkers collectively confirmed that methylotrophic methanogenesis was the dominant methanogenic pathway in Orca Basin sediments. Furthermore, the distribution of methanogenic substrates, activity and diversity were characterized to quantitatively estimate the relative importance of different methanogenic pathways in estuarine sediment of the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. The results showed that both methylotrophic and hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis contributed to the formation of methane in the sulfate reduction zone, with methylotrophic methanogenesis accounting for 13%-74% of the total methane production. In the sulfate-depleted sediments, hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis dominated methanogenic pathway (67%-97%), whereas acetoclastic methanogenesis contributed up to 31% of methane production in organic-rich sediment. In contrast, the contribution of methylotrophic methanogenesis to the total methanogenic activity was negligible in the methanogenic zone (< 1%). Collectively, new constraints from methylated compounds and the metabolic activities improve our quantitative understanding on methylotrophic methanogenesis in different marine sediment settings. The findings in this thesis provide more comprehensive insights into the relative importance of methylotrophic methanogenesis in marine sediment.
|Keywords:||Methane, methylated substrates, methylotrophic methanogenesis, marine sediment||Issue Date:||10-Nov-2014||Type:||Dissertation||URN:||urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-00104081-13||Institution:||Universität Bremen||Faculty:||FB5 Geowissenschaften|
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