Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria—An Introduction

  • Lorenz AdrianEmail author
  • Frank E. LöfflerEmail author


Organohalide-respiring bacteria (OHRB) “breath” halogenated compounds for energy conservation. This fascinating process has received increasing attention over the last two decades revealing the physiological, biochemical, genomic, and ecological features of this taxonomically diverse bacterial group. The discovery of OHRB enabled successful bioremediation at sites impacted with toxic chlorinated compounds, and has drawn researchers with diverse science and engineering backgrounds to study this process. Chapters discussing fundamental and applied aspects of OHRB demonstrate a vibrant research field that will continue to spur scientific discovery and innovate practice.


Terminal Electron Acceptor Reductive Dechlorination Reductive Dehalogenation Halogen Substituent Reductive Dehalogenases 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Isotope BiogeochemistryHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Biosciences DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  3. 3.University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (UT-ORNL), Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS)Oak RidgeUSA
  4. 4.Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Department of Microbiology, Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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