Methylococcus capsulatus in Bath
Colin Murrell (UEA)
The bacterium strain Methylococcus capsulatus, which grows on methane as its sole carbon and energy source, was isolated from these hot springs in the Roman Baths, Bath, UK over 40 years ago. This bacterium is studied as a model system to understand the microbial metabolism of methane and the mechanisms of biological methane oxidation. Earth and Life Systems Alliance (ELSA) researchers on the Norwich Research Park are studying the biology and ecology of these methane oxidising bacteria in order to understand how they help drive global methane cycles.