The family methanothermaceae

Aharon Oren*

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The family Methanothermaceae currently consists of a single genus Methanothermus with two species: Methanothermus fervidus and Methanothermus sociabilis. Both were isolated from terrestrial solfatara fields in Iceland, and they may be endemic to that area. They are rod-shaped nonmotile chemolithoautotrophs that grow only on H2/CO2 as substrate for methanogenesis, and they grow optimally at 83-88 °C and up to 97 °C. The family is affiliated with the order Methanobacteriales.

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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