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Environmental distribution and abundance of the facultative methanotroph Methylocella


Rahman, MT and Crombie, A and Chen, Y and Stralis-Pavese, N and Bodrossy, L and Meir, P and McNamara, NP and Murrell, JC, Environmental distribution and abundance of the facultative methanotroph Methylocella, ISME Journal: multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology, 5 pp. 1061-1066. ISSN 1751-7362 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/ismej.2010.190


Methylocella spp. are facultative methanotrophs, which are able to grow not only on methane but also on multicarbon substrates such as acetate, pyruvate or malate. Methylocella spp. were previously thought to be restricted to acidic soils such as peatlands, in which they may have a key role in methane oxidation. There is little information on the abundance and distribution of Methylocella spp. in the environment. New primers were designed, and a real-time quantitative PCR method was developed and validated targeting Methylocella mmoX (encoding the α-subunit of the soluble methane monooxygenase) that allowed the quantification of Methylocella spp. in environmental samples. We also developed and validated specific PCR assays, which target 16S rRNA genes of known Methylocella spp. These were used to investigate the distribution of Methylocella spp. in a variety of environmental samples. It was revealed that Methylocella species are widely distributed in nature and not restricted to acidic environments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:distribution, abundance, faculative methanotroph, Methylocella
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bodrossy, L (Dr Levente Bodrossy)
ID Code:117070
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-05-30
Last Modified:2017-10-20

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