Methane formation in living trees: a microbial origin

Science. 1974 Jun 14;184(4142):1181-3. doi: 10.1126/science.184.4142.1181.


Visibly healthy hardwood trees located on poorly drained soils contained high pressures of methane. Heartwood from these trees was water-soaked, neutral to alkaline in pH, fetid in odor, and infested with a diverse population of obligately anaerobic bacteria. the bacterium responsible for methane formation in tree. was isolated and characterized as a member of the genus Methanobacterium.