Query: NC_011894:6295807 Methylobacterium nodulans ORS 2060, complete genome Lineage: Methylobacterium nodulans; Methylobacterium; Methylobacteriaceae; Rhizobiales; Proteobacteria; Bacteria General Information: Methylobacterium nodulans was isolated from root nodules from the legume Crotalaria, a large Fabaceae group found in Africa. Methylobacterium nodulans fixes nitrogen and can grow with C1 compounds, such as methanol and formate, as a sole carbon source.
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General Information: First isolated in 1960 in Oxford, England, as an airborne contaminant growing on methylamine. This strain can grow on methylamine or methanol, but not methane. This organism is capable of growth on one-carbon compounds such as methanol. Methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde which is then used metabolically to generate either energy or biomass. These bacteria are commonly found in the environment, especially associated with plants which produce methanol when metabolizing pectin during cell wall synthesis. At least 25 genes are required for this complex process of converting methanol to formaldehyde and this specialized metabolic pathway is of great interest.