PubTalk 6/2004 — From Strawberry Fields to the Ozone Layer

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The Methyl Bromide Story

By Laurence G. Miller, Biogeochemist

  • Methyl bromide (CH3Br) is an important agricultural pesticide widely used in growing strawberries and other field crops
  • Methyl bromide---much of it from natural sources---is one of the gases contributing to destruction of Earth's ozone layer
  • No single replacement has been identified for its use in the strawberry fields
  • USGS research discovered bacteria that metabolize methyl bromide and so could help save the ozone layer

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Image Dimensions: 320 x 240

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Length: 01:03:44

Location Taken: Menlo Park, CA, US

Transcript

Contact wmcesic@usgs.gov for transcript.