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Community structure analysis of methanogens associated with rumen protozoa reveals bias in universal archaeal primers

Tymensen, L.D., McAllister, T.A. (2012). Community structure analysis of methanogens associated with rumen protozoa reveals bias in universal archaeal primers, 78(11), 4051-4056. http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/AEM.07994-11

Abstract

The diversity of protozoan-associated methanogens in cattle was investigated using five universal archaeal small-subunit (SSU) rRNA gene primer sets. Methanobrevibacter spp. and rumen cluster C (distantly related to Thermoplasma spp.) were predominant. Significant differences in species composition among libraries indicate that some primers used previously to characterize rumen methanogens exhibit biased amplification. © 2012, American Society for Microbiology.

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