The family methanocalculaceae

Aharon Oren*

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The family Methanocalculaceae currently (January 2014) consists of a single genus: Methanocalculus, with five species. This family of mesophilic, salt-tolerant, and neutrophilic or alkaliphilic methanogens belongs to the order Methanomicrobiales. The members are irregular cocci that possess a protein S-layer wall. Methanogenesis from H2/CO2 or from formate is the only mode of energy generation documented. Acetate is required as a carbon source, and other growth factors may be required. Members of the Methanomicrobiaceae have been found in a variety of anaerobic environments where methane is produced: an oil-producing well, marine and estuarine sediments, and sediments of soda lakes.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Prokaryotes
Subtitle of host publicationOther Major Lineages of Bacteria and the Archaea
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783642301230
ISBN (Print)3642389538, 9783642301223
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2014

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