Methane oxidation by an extremely acidophilic bacterium of the phylum Verrucomicrobia

@article{Dunfield2007MethaneOB,
  title={Methane oxidation by an extremely acidophilic bacterium of the phylum Verrucomicrobia},
  author={P. Dunfield and A. Yuryev and Pavel Senin and A. Smirnova and M. Stott and S. Hou and Binh Ly and Jimmy H. Saw and Zhemin Zhou and Yanpeng Ren and Jianmei Wang and B. Mountain and M. A. Crowe and T. Weatherby and P. Bodelier and W. Liesack and Lu Feng and L. Wang and M. Alam},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={450},
  pages={879-882}
}
Aerobic methanotrophic bacteria consume methane as it diffuses away from methanogenic zones of soil and sediment. They act as a biofilter to reduce methane emissions to the atmosphere, and they are therefore targets in strategies to combat global climate change. No cultured methanotroph grows optimally below pH 5, but some environments with active methane cycles are very acidic. Here we describe an extremely acidophilic methanotroph that grows optimally at pH 2.0–2.5. Unlike the known… Expand
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