New perspectives on anaerobic methane oxidation.

  title={New perspectives on anaerobic methane oxidation.},
  author={David L Valentine and William S. Reeburgh},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  volume={2 5},
Anaerobic methane oxidation is a globally important but poorly understood process. Four lines of evidence have recently improved our understanding of this process. First, studies of recent marine sediments indicate that a consortium of methanogens and sulphate-reducing bacteria are responsible for anaerobic methane oxidation; a mechanism of 'reverse methanogenesis' was proposed, based on the principle of interspecies hydrogen transfer. Second, studies of known methanogens under low hydrogen and… CONTINUE READING