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Thiobacillus ferrooxidans, a facultative hydrogen oxidizer

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Drobner, E. ; Huber, Harald ; Stetter, K. O.
Date of publication of this fulltext: 04 Dec 2009 08:47


The type strain (ATCC 23270) and two other strains of Thiobacillus ferrooxidans were able to grow by hydrogen oxidation, a feature not recognized before. When cultivated on H2, a hydrogenase was induced and the strains were less extremely acidophilic than during growth on sulfidic ores. Cells of T. ferrooxidans grown on H2 and on ferrous iron showed 100% DNA homology. Hydrogen oxidation was not observed in eight other species of the genus Thiobacillus and in Leptospirillum ferrooxidans.

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