Fraction of all anaerobes in the colon of healthy human adults that is M. smithii, the most common archaeon in human gut

Range ≤10 %
Organism Archaea Methanobrevibacter smithii
Reference Lurie-Weinberger MN, Peeri M, Gophna U. Contribution of lateral gene transfer to the gene repertoire of a gut-adapted methanogen. Genomics. 2012 Jan99(1):52-8. p.52 left column top paragraphPubMed ID22056789
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Comments The methanogenic archaeon, Methanobrevibacter smithii, is the most abundant archaeon in the human gut environment, comprising up to 10% of all anaerobes in the colons of healthy adults (primary sources)
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