Methanobrevibacter curvatus

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Methanobrevibacter curvatus
Scientific classification
Domain: Archaea
Kingdom: Euryarchaeota
Phylum: Euryarchaeota
Class: Methanobacteria
Order: Methanobacteriales
Family: Methanobacteriaceae
Genus: Methanobrevibacter
Species: M. curvatus
Leadbetter & Breznak, 1996

Methanobrevibacter curvatus is a species of methanogen archaeon.[1] It was first isolated from the hindgut of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes. It is rod-shaped, ranging in size from 0.34 to 1.6 µm and possesses polar fibers. Its morphology, gram-positive staining reaction, resistance to cell lysis by chemical agents and narrow range of utilisable substrates are typical of species belonging to the family Methanobacteriaceae. It habitates on or near the hindgut epithelium and also attached to filamentous prokaryotes associated with the gut wall. It is one of the predominant gut biota.


Further reading[edit]

  • Hackstein, Johannes HP, ed. (endo) symbiotic methanogenic archaea. Vol. 19. Springer, 2010.
  • Schaechter, Moselio (2009). Encyclopedia of Microbiology. San Diego: Academic Press [Imprint]. ISBN 0-12-373944-6. 
  • Falkow, Stanley; Dworkin, Martin (2006). The prokaryotes: a handbook on the biology of bacteria. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 0-387-25493-5. 
  • Bignell, David Edward, Yves Roisin, and Nathan Lo, eds. Biology of termites: A modern synthesis. Springer, 2011.

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