Methanogens – UPSC Prelims

Methanogens:
  • Methanogens are methane generating microorganisms which are capable of generating methane as a metabolic by product.
  • They do not require oxygen to live and are widely distributed in nature.
  • They are found in swamps, dead organic matter, and even in the human gut.
  • Also, they are known to survive in high temperatures, and simulation studies have shown that they can live in Martian conditions.
  • Methanogens have been widely studied to understand if they can be a contributor to global warming.