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The Genus Thermodesulfobacterium

  • Friedrich Widdel


The genus Thermodesulfobacterium was established for a thermophilic sulfate-reducing eu-bacterium that grew optimally at 70°C (Zeikus et al., 1983) and possessed unusual nonisoprenoid ether-linked lipids (Langworthy et al., 1983). Later a sulfate reducer originally described as Desulfovibrio thermophilus (Roza-nova and Khudyakova, 1974) was transferred to the same genus as Thermodesulfobacterium mobile (Rozanova and Pivovarova, 1988). The two Thermodesulfobacterium species are nutritionally relatively restricted, incomplete oxidizers using H2, formate, lactate, or pyruvate as electron donors for sulfate reduction to H2S. The morphology of T mobile is shown in Fig. 1.


Sulfate Reducer Nitrilotriacetic Acid Incomplete Oxidizer Tron Donor Phase Contrast Photomicrograph 
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