Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 154, Issue 1, pp 23–30 | Cite as

Desulfomonile tiedjei gen. nov. and sp. nov., a novel anaerobic, dehalogenating, sulfate-reducing bacterium

  • Kim A. DeWeerd
  • Linda Mandelco
  • Ralph S. Tanner
  • Carl R. Woese
  • Joseph M. Suflita
Original Papers


An anaerobic, dehalogenating, sulfate-reducing bacterium, strain DCB-1, is described and nutritionally characterized. The bacterium is a Gram-negative, nonmotile, non-sporeforming large rod with an unusual morphological feature which resembles a collar. The microorganism reductively dehalogenates meta substituted halobenzoates and also reduces sulfate, sulfite and thiosulfate as electron acceptors. The bacterium requires nicotinamide, 1,4-naphthoquinone and thiamine for optimal growth in a defined medium. The microorganism can grow autotrophically on H2:CO2 with sulfate or thiosulfate as terminal electron acceptors. It can also grow heterotrophically with pyruvate, several methoxybenzoates, formate plus sulfate or benzoate plus sulfate. It ferments pyruvate to acetate and lactate in the absence of other electron acceptors. The bacterium is inhibited by MoO inf4 sup2- or SeO inf4 sup2- as well as tetracycline, chloramphenicol, kanamycin or streptomycin. Cytochrome c3 and desulfoviridin have been purified from cells grown in defined medium. 16S rRNA sequence analysis indicates the organism is a new genus of sulfate-reducing bacteria in the delta subdivision of the class Proteobacteria. We propose that the strain be named Desulfomonile tiedjei.

Key words

Desulfomonile Sulfate-reducing bacteria Dehalogenation 

Non-standard abbreviations


piperazine-N,N′-bis[2-ethanesulfonic acid]


2-[N-morpholino]ethanesulfonic acid


N-tris[hydroxymethyl]methyl-2-aminoethanesulfonic acid








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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim A. DeWeerd
    • 1
  • Linda Mandelco
    • 2
  • Ralph S. Tanner
    • 1
  • Carl R. Woese
    • 2
  • Joseph M. Suflita
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany and MicrobiologyUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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