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UMass Researchers Find Key To Spurring Methane Conversion

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April 14, 2000
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University Of Massachusetts At Amherst
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Derek Lovley, head of the microbiology department at the University of Massachusetts, and Robert T. Anderson, microbiology graduate student at UMass, have found that bacteria living just below the earth's surface can be coaxed to rapidly convert oil to methane gas in oil-rich soil. Their findings, which are spelled out in an article in this week's issue of Nature, could change the way the oil exploration industry operates, according to Lovley.

AMHERST, Mass. -- Derek Lovley, head of the microbiology department at the University of Massachusetts, and Robert T. Anderson, microbiology graduate student at UMass, have found that bacteria living just below the earth's surface can be coaxed to rapidly convert oil to methane gas in oil-rich soil. Their findings, which are spelled out in an article in this week's issue of Nature, could change the way the oil exploration industry operates, according to Lovley.


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