Ecology, Physiology, Biochemistry & Genetics

  • James G. Ferry

Part of the Chapman & Hall Microbiology Series book series (CHMBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. An Historical Overview of Methanogenesis

    1. Ralph S. Wolfe
      Pages 1-32
  3. Microbiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. David R. Boone, William B. Whitman, Pierre Rouvière
      Pages 35-80
    3. G. Dennis Sprott, Terry J. Beveridge
      Pages 81-127
    4. Stephen H. Zinder
      Pages 128-206
  4. Biochemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Rudolf K. Thauer, Reiner Hedderich, Reinhard Fischer
      Pages 209-252
    3. Jan T. Keltjens, Godfried D. Vogels
      Pages 253-303
    4. James G. Ferry
      Pages 304-334
    5. Volker Müller, Michael Blaut, Gerhard Gottschalk
      Pages 360-406
  5. Biosynthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-407
    2. Robert H. White, Dan Zhou
      Pages 409-444
    3. Peter G. Simpson, William B. Whitman
      Pages 445-472
  6. Genetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. John N. Reeve
      Pages 493-527
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 529-536

About this book


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 is the first book to be published on methanogenesis, and it will provide the reader with a comprehensive view of the field and point to future trends.


Coenzym archaebacteria biochemistry biology chemistry ecology enzymes evolution genetics metabolism microbiology microorganism molecular biology physiology taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • James G. Ferry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anaerobic MicrobiologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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