The family methanocorpusculaceae

Aharon Oren*

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The family Methanocorpusculaceae, affiliated with the order Methanomicrobiales, currently consists of a single genus Methanocorpusculum with four species (or five species including one proposed as a later heterotypic synonym). Most strains were isolated from sewage sludge digesters and other anaerobic wastewater treatment plants. Methanocorpusculum strains typically occur in freshwater, low-temperature environments. Strains related to the free-living types are found in symbiosis within anaerobic ciliates. Cells are small and coccoid, grow on H2/CO2 or on formate, and have a G+C content of their DNA of 48-52 mol%. Some strains can also use secondary alcohols.

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 pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783642301230
ISBN (Print)3642389538, 9783642301223
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2014

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