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Continous culture experiments with the obligatory methanotroph, Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b, were conducted to study the whole-cell methane monooxygenase (MMO) and nitrogenase activities in a nitrate minimal salts medium under oxygen-limited conditions with methane as the carbone source. The important variables investigated were the feed medium(More)
The obligatory methanotroph, Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b, was studied to optimize the batch culture conditions for the formation of particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) in a nitrate minimal salts medium. The important medium components investigated were copper, carbon dioxide, and nitrate. The whole-cell specific pMMO activity decreased sharply with(More)
Batch culture conditions were established for the formation of H(2)-driven whole-cell soluble or particulate methane monooxygenase (sMMO or pMMO) activity in the obligate methanotroph, Methylosinus trichosporum Ob3b, to expand its potential uses in groundwater bioremediation and the production of specific chemicals. Addition of either Ni and H(2) to a(More)
Methanotrophs have promising applications in the bioremediation of chlorinated hydrocarbons and in the production of a biopolymer, poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate (PHB). Batch bioreactor culture conditions were studied for the accumulation of PHB by methane-grown Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b, and to evaluate the effect of PHB on the bacterial capacity to(More)
The marine archaebacterium Methanococcus jannaschii was studied at high temperatures and hyperbaric pressures of helium to investigate the effect of pressure on the behavior of a deep-sea thermophile. Methanogenesis and growth (as measured by protein production) at both 86 and 90°C were accelerated by pressure up to 750 atm (1 atm = 101.29 kPa), but growth(More)
An in situ microbial filter technology is being tested and developed for remediating migrating subsurface plumes contaminated with low concentrations of trichloroethylene (TCE). The current focus is the establishment of a replenishable bioactive zone (catalytic filter) along expanding plume boundaries by the injection of a representative methanotrophic(More)
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