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Methane Oxidation

With our Methane Oxidation analysis, the potential for microbial methane oxidation is accurately determined. On request we can give you advice on managing methane oxidation for your specific situation.

Analysis essentials

  • Determining the potential for microbial methane oxidation
  • Monitoring the potential for microbial methane oxidation in time (does it increase or decrease?)
  • Testing strategies for optimizing or managing microbial methane oxidation processes.

Content of the package

The following microbial key parameter is detected and quantified with our Methane Oxidation analysis:

  • A gene specific for methane oxidizing micro-organisms, (particulate) methane monooxygenase

NB: many different types of micro-organisms are capable of oxidizing methane, from which most contain the gene responsible for the first step in the methane oxidizing process. This key enzyme is therefore detected and quantified in your sample. By using this approach we show the potential for microbial methane oxidation instead of detecting all species capable of performing the process (which are known to date). This increases the reliability of the results, prevents unnecessary analyses and therefore higher costs.

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Background information

Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas and is more than twenty times as harmful as carbon dioxide (CO2). Therefore, production of methane in the environment should be reduced as much as possible. Methane oxidizing bacteria are able to convert methane into the less harmful carbon dioxide in the presence of oxygen. This biological process can be used in engineered systems developed for reducing methane emission, for example on landfills. Also in water treatment the application of methane oxidation is a relevant process.

Methane Oxidation