Genesis of acetate and methane by gut bacteria of nutritionally diverse termites.

@article{Brauman1992GenesisOA,
  title={Genesis of acetate and methane by gut bacteria of nutritionally diverse termites.},
  author={Alain Brauman and Matthew D. Kane and M. E. de Tom{\'a}s Labat and John A. Breznak},
  journal={Science},
  year={1992},
  volume={257 5075},
  pages={1384-7}
}
The evolution of different feeding guilds in termites is paralleled by differences in the activity of their gut microbiota. In wood-feeding termites, carbon dioxide-reducing acetogenic bacteria were found to generally outprocess carbon dioxide-reducing methanogenic bacteria for reductant (presumably hydrogen) generated during microbial fermentation in the hindgut. By contrast, acetogenesis from hydrogen and carbon dioxide was of little significance in fungus-growing and soil-feeding termites… CONTINUE READING
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