Definition of methanogenesis in English:

methanogenesis

Line breaks: meth¦ano|gen¦esis
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛθənə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛnɪsɪs
 
, mɛˈθanə(ʊ)-/

noun

[mass noun] Biology
  • The production of methane by bacteria or other living organisms.
    More example sentences
    • Dolomite as a possible product of bacterial methanogenesis is absent in sediments from the Marnes Bleues Formation.
    • Selenoproteins are relevant to the controversy over the metabolic features of the archaeal ancestor of eukaryotes because, among archaea, they facilitate autotrophic growth and methanogenesis.
    • In the marine environment, methanogenesis is restricted by competition with anaerobic sulphate-reducing bacteria, which use similar substrates.

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