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Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus (Zeikus and Wolfe) Wasserfallen et al.


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Strain designation
DSM 3267 [AC 60]
Type strain
Yes; type strain of Methanobacterium thermalcaliphilum
Isolation source
Biogas plant
Geographical isolation
Germany; West Germany
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Extremophile type

Handling information

80% H2, 20% CO2
Handling procedure
1. Sterilize the top of the Balch tube by spraying it with 70% ethanol and then flaming the top.

2. Exchange the gas in the test tube for 80% H2 20% CO2, do not pressurize over 5psi.  If the tubes are over pressurized (20 psi), inoculating the tubes will prove difficult. 

3.  Prepare tubes for inoculation: If the medium is pink (see discussion about resazurin B)  add 2.0 ml of reducing agent (5% Co-enzyme M stock solution) per 100 ml of medium.  Let the medium sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour or until the resazurin becomes colorless, before inoculating.

4. Thaw the frozen vial under a gentle stream of anaerobic gas. Using an anaerobic (see E) 1.0 ml syringe tipped with 22-gauge needle, withdraw the cell suspension from the vial and transfer to the tube of ATCC #1617 medium. Transfer 0.5 ml of the inoculated culture to a second tube of ATCC medium #1617.  Pressurize the culture tubes to 20 psi with 80% or H2 20% CO2. Plate 0.1 ml of the inoculated culture onto a non-selective medium and incubate the plate aerobically at 60oC.  Incubate culture tubes at 60oC.

5. Growth should be detected in the broth within 2 to 3 days..   No growth should be detected on the aerobic plate.


A.         Balch tubes (available from Bellco Glass, Vineland, NJ; are specially designed for anaerobic work and use an aluminum crimp cap to hold a rubber stopper in place. Needles can easily be inserted through the stopper, and the tubes can be pressurized to 2 atm.  Alternatively, serum vials may be used, or screw cap tubes with butyl rubber stoppers, in the latter case the stopper may be removed and the tube placed under a cannula system that dispenses sterile, oxygen free gas for addition of reducing agents or inoculation.

B.         Resazurin is a commonly used redox indicator that is pink when the redox potential is above –50 mv, and colorless when the redox potential is below –110 mv. i.e. highly reducing.  Most strict anaerobes require this low redox potential for optimum growth.

C.         To obtain a fully reduced medium, it is necessary that the medium be anoxic and that a reducing agent be added.  Common reducing agents are sodium sulfide, cysteine, dithiothreitol, titanium citrate and Co-enzyme M (see D).

D.         We suggest adding the reducing agent to the medium at least one hour before the medium is to be inoculated.  Co-enzyme M (mercaptoethanesulfonic acid) (100 X solution):  Dissolve 5.0 g in 100 ml of deionized water.  Distribute into screw cap test tubes, 5–6 ml per tube and seal with rubber stoppers under N2 gas.  Autoclave to sterilize.  Excess tubes can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 months.  Co-enzyme M is a compound produced by many methanogens.  Some methanogens are sensitive to stronger reducing agents such as sodium sulfide.  Co-enzyme M is the standard reducing agent we use when working with methanogens.

E. Syringes can be made anaerobic by one of two methods. 

Handling notes
Always use freshly prepared anaerobic medium.  If there is any question about the anaerobic condition of the medium, the it can be reduced with the addition of 5.0%. Co-enzyme M  (2.0 ml per 100 ml of medium).


Deposited as
Methanobacterium thermoalcaliphilum Blotevogel et al.
Chain of custody
ATCC <-- DSM <-- K.H. Blotevogel AC60

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Curated Citations

Validation list no. 25. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 38: 220-222, 1988.

Wasserfallen A, et al. Phylogenetic analysis of 18 thermophilic Methanobacterium isolates supports the proposals to create a new genus, Methanothermobacter gen. nov., and to reclassify several isolates in three species, Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus comb. nov., Methanothermobacter wolfeii comb. nov., and Methanothermobacter marburgensis sp. nov. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 50: 43-53, 2000. PubMed: 10826786

Blotevogel K, et al. Methanobacterium thermoalcaliphilum spec. nov., a new moderately alkaliphilic and thermophilic autotrophic methanogen. Arch. Microbiol. 142: 211-217, 1985.

type strain

type strain of Methanobacterium thermalcaliphilum

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