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Factors affecting hydrogen uptake by bacteria growing in the human large intestine

Gibson, G., Cummings, J.H. and Macfarlane, G.T. (1990) Factors affecting hydrogen uptake by bacteria growing in the human large intestine. In: Belaich, J.P., Bruschi, M. and Garcia, J.L. (eds.) The Microbiology and Biochemistry of Strict Anaerobes Involved in Interspecific Hydrogen Transfer. Federation of European Microbiological Societies Symposium Series, 54. Springer, New York, pp. 191-202. ISBN 9781461306139

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The human large intestine is a highly complex ecosystem that contains somewhere in the region of 400 different species of bacterial1.The vast majority of these bacteria are strict anaerobes and grow on a wide variety of substrates that have either escaped digestion in the small bowel or have been produced by the host2. In Western populations, between 10–60g of carbohydrate and 6–18g of proteinaceous material are potentially available for fermentation each day, producing a total bacterial mass of approximately 90g3.

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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Food Microbial Sciences Research Group
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