While some microorganisms capable of reducing the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) into dinitrogen have been shown to act as net N2O sinks, the impact of these microorganisms on N2O emissions remains poorly understood, especially in marine environments. Members of the Flavobacteria have recently been implicated as potential drivers of N2O consumption in sediments of the Wadden Sea, and preliminary analyses of flavobacterial genomes support this hypothesis. Our goal is to identify environmental conditions, under which marine flavobacteria consume N2O and quantify their N2O uptake capabilities in order to clarify their role in the reduction of N2O emissions.
This project is part of the joint research of Utrecht University and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research concerning the functioning of (coastal) seas and oceans. Pairs of scienists will carry out interdisciplinary research into pressing scientific and societal issues that tie in with the strategic themes of both organisations. In addition to the Faculties of Science and Geosciences, also the Faculties of Law, Economics and Governance, and Veterinary Medicine of the UU are involved. The projects are part of the agreement to intensify the collaboration UU-NIOZ (2016-2025), funded by UU.
Dr. Pierre Offre (NIOZ)
Dr. Ir. Mariet Hefting (Utrecht University)
Sustainable functioning of Coastal and Shelf Seas
Ocean of Discovery
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Meet the team
Below you find the NIOZ employee(s) working in this team. For a complete overview including Utrecht University team members visit the joint UU-NIOZ project page