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Community Composition and Density of Methanogens in the Foregut of the Tammar Wallaby (Macropus eugenii)▿

By Paul N. Evans, Lyn A. Hinds, Lindsay I. Sly, Christopher S. McSweeney, Mark Morrison and André-Denis G. Wright


The composition of the methanogenic archaeal community in the foregut contents of Tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) was studied using 16S rRNA and methyl coenzyme reductase subunit A (mcrA) gene clone libraries. Methanogens belonging to the Methanobacteriales and a well-supported cluster of uncultivated archaeon sequences previously observed in the ovine and bovine rumens were found. Methanogen densities ranged from 7.0 × 105 and 3.9 × 106 cells per gram of wet weight

Topics: Microbial Ecology
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
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