Methanogenic bacterial consortia degrading 2-methylbutyric acid

Anthony James Richardson, P N HOBSON, Gillian Patricia Campbell

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Two co-cultures, each of a coccobacillus plus a Gram-negative rod, were isolated from a cattle waste digester. The cultures were distinguished by production of methane from acetate only, or from either acetate or butyrate. 2-Methylbutyrate, added initially as a growth factor, was degraded to propionate but only during growth on acetate or butyrate. Valerate and 2- and 3-methyl valerate were not degraded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-121
Number of pages3
JournalLetters in Applied Microbiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1987


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