Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 142, Issue 2, pp 148–151 | Cite as

Trace metal and vitamin requirements of Methanococcoides methylutens grown with trimethylamine

  • Kevin R. Sowers
  • James G. Ferry
Original Papers


Trace organic nutrient and metal requirements for the growth of Methanococcoides methylutens strain TMA-10 were determined in defined medium that contained trimethylamine as the substrate. Biotin was the only organic supplement required in place of yeast extract, Trypticase or a mixture of 8 B-vitamins. Fe an Ni were required for growth and low concentrations of Fe2+ (<5 μM) and Ni2+ (<0.25 μM) provided limited growth. In the absence of added Co the growth rate was reduced by 94% and growth was limited at concentrations below 0.1 μM. Stimulation of growth by Se, Mo, B, Al, Zn, Mn or Cu could not be demonstrated.

Key words

Cobalt Iron Nickel Biotin Methanococcoides methylutens Trace elements Vitamins Methanogens 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin R. Sowers
    • 1
  • James G. Ferry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anaerobic MicrobiologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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