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Methanogenesis : Ecology, Physiology, Biochemistry & Genetics - James G. Ferry

Methanogenesis

Ecology, Physiology, Biochemistry & Genetics

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Published: 31st August 1994
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Since the general recognition of the Archaebacteria, research into the evolution, metabolism, molecular biology and ecological roles of these fastidious anaerobes has proceeded at an ever-increasing pace. All possess a very novel biochemistry and many exploit unique ecological niches. Methanogens, which convert one-and-two carbon compounds into the important atmospheric gas methane, are the largest group among the Archaebacteria. Of all microbial groups, methanogens provide perhaps the best opportunity to study evolution because of their phyologenetic diversity and unique biochemistry. Today, the analysis of methanogens is at a threshold. Molecular-biological studies of these microorganisms are revealing more and more processes unique to this group, and in turn, studies of methanogens are providing new perspectives to the broader fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. This volume on methanogenesis aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive view of the field and point to future trends. This book should be of interest to microbial ecologists, animal scientists, the industrial sector, microbial physiologists, enzymologists, and molecular evolutionary biologists.

The book is a must for microbiologists, biochemists and geneticists interested in methanogenesis and in archaeal microbes - Trends in Biochemical Sciences; it brings together authoritative and comprehensive descriptions of the biology of methanogenesis, the first book of its kind - Nature; The book is a must for microbiologists, biochemists and geneticists interested in methanogenesis and in archaeal microbes - Trends in Biochemical Sciences; it brings together authoritative and comprehensive descriptions of the biology of methanogenesis, the first book of its kind - Nature; A feast of information on every aspect referenced up to 1992 ... Essential reading for final year biochemists and microbiologists and for all those interested in the understanding and exploitation of these ancient phenotypes. - Journal Therm. Biology; it brings together authoritative and comprehensive descriptions of the biology of methanogenesis, the first book of its kind - Nature; A feast of information on every aspect referenced up to 1992 ... Essential reading for final year biochemists and microbiologists and for all those interested in the understanding and exploitation of these ancient phenotypes - Journal Therm. Biology; ...this is an excellent reference text, essential reading for all microbiologists working in this or related areas and a 'must' for all microbiology undergraduate and postgraduate libraries. - Society for General Microbiology

Preface
Contributors
An historical overview of methanogenesis
Microbiology
Diversity and taxonomy of methanogens
Microscopy
Physiological ecology of methanogens
Biochemistry: Reactions and enzymes involved in methanogenesis from CO2 and H2
Conversion of methanol and methylamines to methane and carbon dioxide
Fermentation of acetate
Redox enzymes of methanogens: physiochemical properties of selected, purified oxidoreductases
Bioenergetics of methanogens
Biosynthesis
Biosynthesis of the coenzymes in methanogens
Anabolic pathways in methanogens
Nitrogen and phosphorus metabolism of methanogens
Genetics: Structure and organization of genes
Index
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ISBN: 9780412035319
ISBN-10: 0412035316
Series: Chapman & Hall Microbiology Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 31st August 1994
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 2.1