Life in the extreme: thermoacidophilic methanotrophy

Semrau, Jeremy D., DiSpirito, Alan A. and Murrell, J. Colin (2008) Life in the extreme: thermoacidophilic methanotrophy. Trends in Microbiology, 16 (5). pp. 190-193. ISSN 1878-4380

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Aerobic methane-oxidizing bacteria (methanotrophs) have a key role in the global carbon cycle, converting methane to biomass and carbon dioxide. Although these bacteria have been isolated from many environments, until recently, it was not known if they survived, much less thrived in thermoacidic environments, that is, locations with pH values of approximately 1 and temperatures greater than 50 degrees C. Recently, three independent studies have isolated unusual methanotrophs from such extreme environments, expanding the known functional and phylogenetic diversity of methanotrophs.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Resources, Sustainability and Governance (former - to 2018)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (former - to 2017)
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 15:29
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2023 16:31
DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2008.02.004

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