The Family Methylocystaceae

  • Hayden K. Webb
  • Hooi Jun Ng
  • Elena P. Ivanova
Reference work entry


Methylocystaceae, a family belonging to the order Rhizobiales, within the class Alphaproteobacteria, consist of genera Albibacter, Hansschlegelia, Methylocystis, Methylopila, Methylosinus, Pleomorphomonas, and Terasakiella. Most members of the family Methylocystaceae, with the exception of the genera Pleomorphomonas and Terasakiella, are type II methanotrophs, which assimilate C1 carbon compounds (most commonly methane and methanol) via the serine pathway. All known species of these genera are gram-negative with the G+C content ranging from 50.7 to 70.4 mol%. The phylogenetic clustering within the group is somewhat weak, and as further strains are identified and classified to the family, some reorganization may occur.


Mineral Salt Medium Methane Monooxygenase Sulfonylurea Herbicide Entire Edge Semisolid Agar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hayden K. Webb
    • 1
  • Hooi Jun Ng
    • 1
  • Elena P. Ivanova
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Life and Social SciencesSwinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia

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