The family Hydrogenophilaceae

Johann Orlygsson, Jakob K. Kristjansson

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    Hydrogenophilaceae, a family within the order Hydrogenophilales, comprises the genera Thiobacillus, Hydrogenophilus, Petrobacter, Tepidiphilus, and Sulfuricella. Members of the family are all Gram negative, rod shaped, and non-sporulating; the reported biochemical characteristics of individual species are highly variable concerning various morphological and chemotaxonomic properties. Most members of the family are chemolithotrophic or mixotrophic using various inorganic electron donors such as reduced sulfuric compounds or hydrogen. Members of the family are either mesophilic or moderately thermophilic and have been isolated from various environments, e.g., freshwater, aerobic digesters on water treatment sludge, and hot springs. No strains have been reported as pathogens.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Prokaryotes
    Subtitle of host publicationAlphaproteobacteria and Betaproteobacteria
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642301971
    ISBN (Print)3642301967, 9783642301964
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014

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    Other keywords

    • Bacteria
    • Hydrogenophilaceae
    • Gram negative
    • Hot springs


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