Functional Genomics of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria Degrading Hydrocarbons

  • Ralf RabusEmail author
  • Heinz Wilkes
Living reference work entry
Part of the Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology book series (HHLM)


Sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) are well known for their significance for the carbon and sulfur cycles in marine sediments. Despite their general energetic restriction, some SRB are capable of anaerobic degradation of aromatic hydrocarbons in the marine environments, such as deep sea sediments characterized by recent oil formation. Proteogenomics has allowed hitherto unknown insights into the physiology of SRB from single catabolic reactions to complex metabolic networks. Best studied aromatic compound-degrading SRB at present are toluene-degrading Desulfobacula toluolica Tol2 and the naphthalene-degrading enrichment culture N47.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.General & Molecular Microbiology, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM)Carl von Ossietzky University of OldenburgOldenburgGermany
  2. 2.Organic Geochemistry, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM)Carl von Ossietzky University OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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