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Thermovibrio ruber gen. nov., sp. nov., an extremely thermophilic, chemolithoautotrophic, nitrate-reducing bacterium that forms a deep branch within the phylum Aquificae

Huber, Harald ; Diller, Sabine ; Horn, Christian ; Rachel, Reinhard


A novel, extremely thermophilic, chemolithoautotrophic bacterium was isolated from the submarine hydrothermal system off the beach of Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea. Cells of the organism were curved rods of about 1.5-3 microm in length and 0.5-0.8 microm in width. The bacterium grew within the temperature range 50-80 degrees C (optimum around 75 degrees C) and was an obligate anaerobe. Molecular ...


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