Neha Patil

Carboxydothermus hydrogenoformans

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Kingdom  Bacteria
Family  Peptococcaceae
Phylum  Firmicutes
Order  Clostridia
Class  Clostridia
Genus  Carboxydothermus
Rank  Species
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Scientific name  Carboxydothermus hydrogenoformans
Similar  Moorella thermoacetica, Rhodospirillum rubrum, Thermoanaerobacter, Acetogen, Clostridia

Carboxydothermus hydrogenoformans is an extremely thermophilic anaerobic Gram-positive bacterium that has the interesting property of producing hydrogen as a waste product while feeding on carbon monoxide and water. It also forms endospores.

It was isolated from a hot spring on the Russian volcanic island of Kunashir by Svetlichny et al. in 1991. Its complete genome was sequenced in 2005 by a team of scientists of the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR)

According to TIGR evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen, "C. hydrogenoformans is one of the fastest-growing microbes that can convert water and carbon monoxide to hydrogen." The microbe owes this to the fact that it has at least five different forms of carbon monoxide dehydrogenase.


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