Editorial: Methane: A Bioresource for Fuel and Biomolecules

Marina G. Kalyuzhnaya, Deepak Kumaresan, Kirsten Heimann, Nidia S. Caetano, Chettiyappan Visvanathan, Obulisamy Parthiba Karthikeyan

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Methane (CH4), a highly reduced C1 compound, is one of the long-lived atmospheric gases withhigh global warming potential i.e., 28–36 times that of CO2over 100 years. The atmospheric levelsof CH4reached∼1863 part per billions (ppb) in 2014, and annual increase of atmospheric CH4level thereafter measured as∼10 ppb. The CH4is projected to drive the rise in global temperatureof∼4–6◦C by 2050, and thus it is currently considered as the main target for global climatestabilization and mitigation (COP-21, 2015). Capturing anthropogenic CH4to produce valueproducts is highly feasible, but the great challenge is that totap, concentrate, purify, store, transport,and utilize the CH4from different point emission sources is presently not economically viable.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Number of pages3
JournalFrontiers in Environmental Science
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2020

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  • bioreactor
  • electron transfer
  • methane
  • methanotrophs
  • value addition and sustainability


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