Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 120, Issue 3, pp 275–281 | Cite as

Growth and energy production in Bacteroides amylophilus

  • Howard F. Jenkinson
  • Malcolm Woodbine


The molar growth yield (Ym) of Bacteroides amylophilus strain WP91 on maltose was 68±2 g/mol when determined from batch cultures at the peaks of maximal growth. Continued incubation led to considerable cell lysis. When calculated from batch cultures in exponential phase (specific growth rate, μ=0.57 h-1) Ym was 101 g/mol. The maximum value of Ym in maltose-limited chemostat cultures at the maximum dilution rate (D) attainable (D=μ=0.39 h-1) was about 79 g/mol. Ammonia-Fmited chemostat cultures metabolized maltose with a much reduced efficiency and this was associated with a difference in morphology and chemical composition of the cells. The theoretical maximum molar growth yields (Y m max ) were 55 and 114 g/mol for ammonia- and maltose-limited growth respectively. However, if account was taken of extracellular nitrogen-containing material in ammonia-limited cultures, Y m max became 60. The maintenance coefficient (ms), estimated from the lines relating the specific rate of maltose consumption (qm) and D (where ms=qm at D=0), was 7.4±0.6×10-4 mol maltose/g x h for both nutrient limitations. A difference in maintenance energy demand, independent of growth-rate, could not account, therefore, for the observed differences in Ym between ammonia- and maltose-limited growth.

Key words

Bacteroides amylophilus Rumen bacteria Growth yield Nutrient limitation Energetics Maintenance energy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard F. Jenkinson
    • 1
  • Malcolm Woodbine
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Biochemistry and NutritionUniversity of Nottingham, School of AgricultureSutton BoningtonUK

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