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Thermotoga maritima sp. nov. represents a new genus of unique extremely thermophilic eubacteria growing up to 90°C

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Huber, Robert ; Langworthy, Thomas A. ; König, H. ; Thomm, Michael ; Woese, Carl R. ; Sleytr, W. ; Stetter, Karl Otto
Date of publication of this fulltext: 17 Nov 2009 10:51


A novel type of bacterium has been isolated from various geothermally heated locales on the sea floor. The organisms are strictly anaerobic, rod-shaped, fermentative, extremely thermophilic and grow between 55 and 90° C with an optimum of around 80° C. Cells show a unique sheathlike structure and monotrichous flagellation. By 16S rRNA sequencing they clearly belong to the eubacteria, although no ...


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