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The Genome Sequence of the Rumen Methanogen Methanobrevibacter ruminantium Reveals New Possibilities for Controlling Ruminant Methane Emissions

  • Sinead C. Leahy,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • William J. Kelly,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Eric Altermann,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Ron S. Ronimus,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Carl J. Yeoman,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Diana M. Pacheco,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Dong Li,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Zhanhao Kong,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Sharla McTavish,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Carrie Sang,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Suzanne C. Lambie,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Peter H. Janssen,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Debjit Dey,

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Graeme T. Attwood mail

    graeme.attwood@agresearch.co.nz

    Affiliation: Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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  • Published: January 28, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008926
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Sinead C. Leahy, William J. Kelly, Eric Altermann, Ron S. Ronimus, Carl J. Yeoman, Diana M. Pacheco, Dong Li, Zhanhao Kong, Sharla McTavish, Carrie Sang, Suzanne C. Lambie, Peter H. Janssen, Debjit Dey, Graeme T. Attwood
Rumen Microbial Genomics, Food Metabolism and Microbiology Section, Food and Textiles Group, AgResearch Limited, Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Corresponding Author

Email: graeme.attwood@agresearch.co.nz

Competing Interests

All authors are current or past employees of AgResearch Limited (www.agresearch.co.nz), a New Zealand Crown Research Institute. Several aspects of the M1 genome have been patented by the PGgRc (WO09041832A2, WO09041831A1, WO09041830A2, 230163USPR). Patent ownership has been transferred from the inventors (authors) to the applicant (PGgRc) therefore the authors have no competing interests.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: WJK GTA. Performed the experiments: SCL WJK EA RSR CJY DMP DL ZK SM CS SCL PHJ DD GTA. Analyzed the data: SCL WJK EA RSR CJY PHJ GTA. Wrote the paper: SCL WJK EA RSR PHJ GTA.