Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 107, Issue 3, pp 277–282

Isolation of a moderate halophilic ammonia-oxidizing bacterium, Nitrosococcus mobilis nov. sp.

  • Hans-Peter Koops
  • Heinz Harms
  • Hella Wehrmann
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00425339

Cite this article as:
Koops, HP., Harms, H. & Wehrmann, H. Arch. Microbiol. (1976) 107: 277. doi:10.1007/BF00425339

Abstract

An ammonia-oxidizing bacterium was isolated from a sample of brackish water (North Sea, Harbour of Husum). It is a motile large coccus 1.5–1.7 μm in diameter. The extensive cytomembrane system occurring as flattened vesicles in the peripheral region of the cytoplasm and as intrusions into the center of the cytoplasm is to be emphasized as a characteristic mark of identification. The lithoauto-trophically growing bacterium turned out to be an obligate halophile. Because of its physiological and morphological properties, we assigned it to the genus Nitrosoccus and propose the name Nitrosococcus mobilis.

Key words

Nitrosococcus mobilisAmmonia oxidizing bacteriumMorphologyUltrastructurePhysiology

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Peter Koops
    • 1
  • Heinz Harms
    • 1
  • Hella Wehrmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl MikrobiologieInstitut für Allgemeine Botanik der UniversitätHamburg 36Germany