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Hydrocarbon-oxidizing microorganisms of hot springs and their significance in the assessment of the biodiversity of microbial communities


A microbiological study of surface thermal manifestations of the alkaline hot spring of the Kizlyarskoye deposit has been performed for the first time. The following organisms were isolated: nocardiomorphic actinomycetes, i.e., mycolic acid-containing bacteria (Nocardia asteroidas, Nocardia transvalensis, Rhodococcus rhodochrous, Rhodococcus maris, Rhodococcus luteus, Rhodococcus terrae, Rhodococcus brouchialis), non-spore-forming Gram-positive bacilli of irregular shapes (Corynebacterium bovis, Corynebacterium diphtheria, Propionibacterium freudenreichis), and mycobacteria (Mycobacterium marinum). Their morphological and physiological-biochemical environmental peculiarities are discussed.

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Original Russian Text © E.A. Khalilova, R.A. Nuratinov, S.C. Kotenko, E.A. Islammagomedova, 2014, published in Aridnye Ekosistemy, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 1(58), pp. 51–58.

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Khalilova, E.A., Nuratinov, R.A., Kotenko, S.C. et al. Hydrocarbon-oxidizing microorganisms of hot springs and their significance in the assessment of the biodiversity of microbial communities. Arid Ecosyst 4, 25–30 (2014).

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Key words

  • bacteria Nocardia
  • Rhodococcus
  • Corynebacterium
  • Propionibacterium
  • Mycobacterium
  • geothermal water
  • morphology
  • physiology
  • biochemistry