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Physiology and Biochemistry of Methane-Producing (Methanogenic) Bacteria

  • Peter J. Large

Abstract

Only some species of bacteria and a few protozoa can live permanently in the absence of oxygen. If a habitat is rich in biodegradable organic compounds, a nitrogen source and other essential elements, but lacks oxygen, (for example the mud at the bottom of a lake) then an anaerobic microbial population will develop that may contain methanogenic bacteria. Not all such environments are suitable for methanogens. If high concentrations of sulphate or oxidized nitrogen compounds are present, different anaerobes will predominate which under these conditions have a selective advantage over methanogens.

Keywords

Methanogenic Bacterium Adenine Nucleotide Translocase Methanosarcina Barkeri Methanobacterium Thermoautotrophicum Green Photosynthetic Bacterium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Large
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  1. 1.University of HullUK

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