Isolation of Members of the Family Rhodospirillaceae

  • Hanno Biebl
  • Norbert Pfennig


The purple nonsulfur bacteria (Rhodospirillaceae) comprise different morphological types of photo-trophic bacteria that can photoassimilate simple organic compounds under anaerobic conditions. They are also capable of chemotrophic growth under aerobic conditions, but not all species develop under full atmospheric oxygen tension. At oxygen concentrations between 0.5% and 5%, photosynthesis and oxidative metabolism may function simultaneously. Although several species would grow under aerobic conditions at rates comChapauble to those observed under anaerobic phototrophic conditions, incubation with organic substrates in the light with oxygen excluded is the only way to enrich selectively for the purple nonsulfur bacteria.


Activate Sludge Enrichment Culture Purple Bacterium Phototrophic Bacterium Rhodopseudomonas Palustris 
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  • Hanno Biebl
  • Norbert Pfennig

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