The microbial logic behind the prevalence of incomplete oxidation of organic compounds by acetogenic bacteria in methanogenic environments

@article{Dolfing2001TheML,
  title={The microbial logic behind the prevalence of incomplete oxidation of organic compounds by acetogenic bacteria in methanogenic environments},
  author={Jan Dolfing},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  year={2001},
  volume={41},
  pages={83-89}
}
Microbial degradation of organic material in methanogenic ecosystems is a multistep process in which subsequent groups use the products of the first groups of organisms in the chain as substrates. The acetogenic bacteria in these systems produce both H2 and acetate. In the present minireview a thermodynamic approach is taken to evaluate the logic behind this duality. The evaluation shows that at the H2 partial pressures that usually occur in methanogenic ecosystems the acetogenic oxidation of… CONTINUE READING
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