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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Apr;75(8):2598-602. doi: 10.1128/AEM.02436-08. Epub 2009 Feb 13.

Community composition and density of methanogens in the foregut of the Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii).

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  • 1CSIRO Livestock Industries, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, 306 Carmody Road, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland 4067, Australia. Paul.Evans@csiro.au


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 x 10(5) and 3.9 x 10(6) cells per gram of wet weight.

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