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Phylum: Archaebacteria Methanogens Project
Transcript of Phylum: Archaebacteria Methanogens Project
Kimball, John W. "Kimball's Biology Pages." Kimball's Biology Pages. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2013.
"Methanogens." - MicrobeWiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2013. Reproduction:
Methanogens reproduce asexually by "unzipping" from the main parent. The hydrogen bonds between the bases of the bacteria are broken, therefore creating the new offspring. The DNA of the offspring is an exact replica of the parent. The parent can produce several offspring at one time. Methanogens grow in temperatures of 80-100 degrees Celsius, in a Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide atmosphere. Methanogens are not visible to the naked eye. They have a width of .5 um (micrometres) and has a length of 2-14 um.
One of the functions of the Methanogens are that they reduce the amount of CO2 in the food that we eat. The hydrogen atoms assist the digestive system by gaining electrons from the carbon dioxide. It gives off methane as a byproduct, thus producing gas. Habitat Methanogens live in:
The muck of marshes and swamps.
The rumen of cattle.
Our colons (large intestine)
The gut of termites. The Methanogens aren't autotroph or heterotroph, but chemoautotroph.
Chemoautotroph: An organism that depends on inorganic chemicals for its energy, and principally on carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Phylum Bibliography Additional Facts Food!!! Archeon is from the phylum Archaebacteria Methanogens. The genus/species is Methanopyrus kandleri. A single organism is a prokaryotic unicelluar cell; meaning single celled. Methanogens use hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by other microbes. Hydrogen reduces the carbon dioxide to food, and gives off methane a byproduct.