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The Methanogenic Bacteria, Their Ecology and Physiology

  • Robert A. Mah
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series

Abstract

A study of the methane fermentation is unavoidably concerned with a study of microbial ecology because of the obligatory interactions between two major physiological participants, the chemoheterotrophic non-methanogenic bacteria and the methanogenic bacteria. In natural anaerobic habitats containing complex organic compounds and where light, sulfate, and nitrate are limited, these two groups of bacteria are linked in the degradation of organic substrates. The ultimate formation of methane and CO2 marks the last step in a series of dissimilatory reactions by which organic compounds are completely degraded. CH4 is the most reduced form of carbon and CO2 the most oxidized form of carbon.

Keywords

METHANOGENIC Bacterium Methane Fermentation Methanosarcina Barkeri Methanogenic Reaction Methanobacterium Thermoautotrophicum 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Mah
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Environmental and Nutritional Sciences School of Public HealthUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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