Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 291–296

Rhodospirillum centenum, sp. nov., a thermotolerant cyst-forming anoxygenic photosynthetic bacterium

  • Jeffrey Favinger
  • Rebecca Stadtwald
  • Howard Gest
Short communication

DOI: 10.1007/BF00393857

Cite this article as:
Favinger, J., Stadtwald, R. & Gest, H. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1989) 55: 291. doi:10.1007/BF00393857

Abstract

A novel non-sulfur purple photosynthetic bacterium, designated Rhodospirillum centenum, was isolated from an enrichment culture designed to favor growth of anoxygenic photosynthetic N2-fixing bacteria. R. centenum grows optimally at 40–42° C and has the capacity to produce cytoplasmic ‘R bodies’, refractile structures not observed hitherto in photosynthetic prokaryotes. The bacterium is also unusual among photosynthetic bacteria in that it forms desiccation-resistant cysts when grown aerobically in darkness with butyrate as the sole carbon source.

Key words

cystsN2 fixationphotosynthetic bacteriaR bodiesRhodospirillum

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey Favinger
    • 1
  • Rebecca Stadtwald
    • 1
  • Howard Gest
    • 1
  1. 1.Photosynthetic Bacteria Group, Department of BiologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA