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Quantifying the effect of methane production on surrounding soil atmospheric gas exchange

Shennan, Maura Galloway
By observing the behavior of soil microorganisms with respect to proximity to a methane production site (dairy farm lagoon), the relationship between anthropogenically manipulated atmospheric methane levels and methane consumption was more thoroughly investigated than in previous studies. The purpose of this study is to understand how human activity affects soil microbial populations, which has potential to lead to better management practices in order to reduce net methane emissions. No significance was found between the distance from the methane production site and the level of methane consumption by the surrounding soil.