Characteristic heat production rate of fermenting rumen bacteria

Range 160 - 180 watts/kg bacterial mass
Organism Ruminants
Reference Rosenberg E. and Zilber-Rosenberg I. Do microbiotas warm their hosts? Gut Microbes, 7(4):283–285, 2016 p.283 left column top paragraphPubMed ID27148918
Primary Source J B Russell, A re-assessment of bacterial growth efficiency: the heat production and membrane potential of Streptococcus bovis in batch and continuous culture, Arch Microbiol. 1991 155(6):559-65. doi: 10.1007/BF00245350,PubMed ID1953297
Comments P.283 left column top paragraph: "Considering the average doubling time of bacteria in the mammalian gut to be 2.7–2.9 h (ref 5), the predicted heat production would be 168 ± 11 mW/g bacteria. This is close to the value (170 mW/g bacteria) reported for Streptococcus bovis growing anaerobically on glucose (primary source)."
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