Methane and Methanol Utilizers

  • J. Colin Murrell
  • Howard Dalton

Part of the Biotechnology Handbooks book series (BTHA, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Richard S. Hanson
    Pages 1-21
  3. Peter N. Green
    Pages 23-84
  4. Howard Dalton
    Pages 85-114
  5. W. de Koning, W. Harder
    Pages 207-244
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-286

About this book


Methane and its oxidation product, methanol, have occupied an important position in the chemical industry for many years: the former as a feedstock, the latter as a primary chemical from which many products are produced. More recently, the role played by methane as a potent "greenhouse" gas has aroused considerable attention from environmentalists and clima­ tologists alike. This role for C compounds has, of course, been quite 1 incidental to the myriad of microorganisms on this planet that have adapted their life-styles to take advantage of these readily available am­ bient sources. Methane, a renewable energy source that will always be with us, is actually a difficult molecule to activate; so any microorganism that can effect this may point the way to catalytic chemists looking for con­ trollable methane oxidation. Methanol, formed as a breakdown product of plant material, is also ubiquitous and has also encouraged the growth of prokaryotes and eukaryotes alike. In an attempt to give a balanced view of how microorganisms have been able to exploit these simple carbon sources, we have asked a number ofleading scientists (modesty forbids our own inclusion here) to contribute chapters on their specialist areas of the subject.


Bioremediation Oxidation biochemistry chemistry physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Colin Murrell
    • 1
  • Howard Dalton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of WarwickCoventryEngland

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