Two unidentified methanotrophic strains (MM-white and MM-red) secreting soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO) involved in thrichloroethylene biodegradation have been isolated from mixed methanotrophic consortium (MM) around Taejon area. Subsequently four methanotrophic strains were isolated from MM and named according to their color; white (MS-white), yellow (MS-yellow), pink (MS-pink) and reddish brown (MS-rbrown). All strains except MS-yellow which can take glucose as well as methane, metabolized methane as a sole carbon source. They all showed symbiotic behavior when methane was used as the sole carbon source. Optimum conditions of cell growth for MM were pH of 6.8 - 7.2, temperature of 29 - 32°C, and gas flow rate of 6 (for methane), 40 (for air), and 4 ml/min (for carbon dioxide). The sMMO activity was expressed as naphthalene oxidation rate (μmol/ mg protein/ hr). The sMMO activity for MM grown in flask culture with 1 μM of CuSO4 was 36, while it was 61 without copper. The activity for MM grown in the fermentor without CuSO4 was 1077, but is was 197 after reaction with 5 ppm of TCE. The methanotrophs showed significantly high sMMO activity despite the presence of 1 μM of CuSO4, although most of other strains already known could not express sMMO activity under this condition.