Genome sequence of the ruminal bacterium Megasphaera elsdenii

J Bacteriol. 2011 Oct;193(19):5578-9. doi: 10.1128/JB.05861-11.


Megasphaera elsdenii is a Gram-negative ruminal bacterium. It is being investigated as a probiotic supplement for ruminants as it may provide benefits for energy balance and animal productivity. Furthermore, it is of biotechnological interest due to its capability of producing various volatile fatty acids. Here we report the complete genome sequence of M. elsdenii DSM 20460, the type strain for the species.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Fatty Acids, Volatile / metabolism*
  • Megasphaera / genetics*
  • Megasphaera / metabolism
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Probiotics
  • Rumen / microbiology*


  • Fatty Acids, Volatile

Associated data

  • GENBANK/HE576794