Why do methanogens produce methane?

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Why do methanogens produce methane?

Post by maccha » Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:34 am

Doesn't this just cost them energy and they excrete it? What's the motivation?

Also how do chemolithotrophs get NADH?

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Post by MrMistery » Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:03 am

nope, the reaction CO2 + 4 H2 -> CH4 + 2H2O has a deltaG of -170. http://www.fao.org/docrep/W7241E/w7241e0f.htm

On your second question, I would say it depends on the exact organism and the pathway they use
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