Interactions in syntrophic associations of endospore-forming, butyrate-degrading bacteria and h(2)-consuming bacteria.

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Butyrate is an important intermediate in the anaerobic degradation of organic matter. In sulfate-depleted environments butyrate is oxidized to acetate and hydrogen by obligate proton reducers, in syntrophic association with hydrogen-consuming methanogens. This paper describes two enrichments of endospore-forming bacteria degrading butyrate in consortia with… (More)

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