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NREL Scientists Model Methane-Eating Bacteria

The research was recently published in Scientific Reports in a manuscript titled, “Methane utilization in Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum 20ZR: a systems approach .” NREL researchers and co-authors Calvin Henard and Michael Guarnieri are members of a team looking to discover how M. alcaliphilum 20ZR , a methane-eating organism known as a methanotroph, operates. It was one of the first research efforts of its kind. “Very little is known about methanotrophic metabolism in general,” Henard said. “These are the first metabolic models generated for this particular organism, which is one of the most promising biocatalysts that can be used to make products from natural gas- and biogas-derived methane.” Once the metabolism is defined, it can be manipulated and optimized for targeted production of fuel and chemical intermediates. One of the processes looked at by the team resulted in...

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