About The Author

Ludmila Chistoserdova is a senior engineer in the Department of Chemical engineering at the University of Washington. Her current interests include application of omics technologies (genomics and metagenomics, transcriptomics and metatranscriptomics, and proteomics and metabolomics) and systems approaches to further the knowledge on the physiology and environmental function of individual methylotrophic organisms as well as of entire functional communities. She received her Ph.D. degree in microbiology in 1988 from Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia).

C1 Microbes And Biotechnological Applications

Specialized guilds of microbes are capable of consuming single carbon (C1) compounds, i.e. compounds containing no carbon-carbon bonds, such as methane, methanol, or CO2. Microbes that eat methane are known as methanotrophs. Together with microbes that cannot consume methane but can consume other C1 compounds (methanol etc.), they belong to a broader guild of methylotrophs,