Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 155, Issue 1, pp 75–81 | Cite as

Polysulfide utilization by Thiocapsa roseopersicina

  • P. T. Visscher
  • J. W. Nijburg
  • H. van Gemerden
Original Papers


The purple sulfur bacterium Thiocapsa roseopersicina, being the dominant anoxygenic phototroph in microbial mats, was tested for growth on polysulfide as the electron donor for carbon dioxide fixation. Data collected in continuous cultures revealed μmax to be 0.065 h-1 and the saturation affinity constant Ks to be 6.7 μM. The value of the inhibition constant Ki was estimated in batch cultures and was found to be approximately 1100 μM. When grown on monosulfide, the organism was capable of trisulfide utilization without lag. Monosulfide-limited growth was established to have a μmax of 0.091 h-1 and Ks of 8.0 μM. Field observations revealed polysulfide, present at supra-optimal concentrations, as a major pool of reduced sulfur in a laminated marine sediment ecosystem.

Key words

Polysulfide Monosulfide Electron-donor limited growth Continuous Culture Thiocapsa roseopersicina 

Non-standard abbreviations


Direct Linear Plot


Total Sugar


Structural Sugar




concentration of growth limiting nutrient in reservoir vessel


residual concentration of growth-limiting nutrient in the culture vessel

Ssulfur compound

concentration of sulfur in the corresponding compound


dilution rate


maximum specific growth rate


saturation constant


inhibition constant


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. T. Visscher
    • 1
  • J. W. Nijburg
    • 1
  • H. van Gemerden
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of GroningenHarenThe Netherlands

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