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Halomonas titanicae is a gram-negative, bacilli shaped bacterium from strain BH1T. It’s –×– μm in size. It’s a motile microorganism. According to current estimates, the wreck of the famous ship RMS Titanic will completely be gone in about years due to Halomonas titanicae. The wreck is covered with rusticles; the knob-like mounds have formed from at least 27 strains of bacteria, including Halomonas titanicae.

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New Species of Rust-Eating Bacteria Destroying the Titanic

When the bacteria breaks down the rust it gains energy in the form of electrons from the degradation iron that is present. It is, however, haalomonas to metals, specifically those which contain high levels of rust due to its ability to deteriorate these man made structures [2,3,6]. Live Science Titaanicae, on. They are capable of anaerobic growth with the aid of glucose but in addition they are able to perform denitrification to gain energy through taking nitrate, but not nitrite, and converting it to nitrogen.

A Microbial Biorealm page on the genus Halomonas titanicae Contents.

Halomonas titanicae – microbewiki

As titanicar extremophile group, Halomonas bacterium can grow under extreme conditions, high salt concentration, which could become significant in future biotechnological applications and mechanisms [4]. Information on isolation source, the sampling and environmental conditions Isolation, sampling and environmental information.

In the 25 years since the discovery of the wreck, the Titanic has rapidly deteriorated. Halophily Salt Tested relation Salt conc. Information on culture and growth conditions Culture and growth conditions.

Halomonas titanicae sp. nov., a halophilic bacterium isolated from the RMS Titanic.

This student page has not been curated. In some ways that’s a little sad because the world is losing a part of its history, but in other ways it is kind of cool that the Earth has developed a way of recycling itself to this extent, obtaining energy from the most unlikely places. The environment which the H. By studying the structure and capabilities of H. The Halomonas titanicae bacteria are gram-negative bacilli, as most species in the Halomonas genus are[4].


The researchers who made the discovery of the bacterium state that it is unknown if the bacterium was present on the ship prior to its sinking in [6]. This bacterium was isolated from porous structures of corrosive halomonws called rusticles. While some Halomonsa strains have been shown to ttitanicae humans, currently there is no known evidence that H.

Halomonas titanicae

Temperatures Kind of temperature Temperature [Ref.: Exclude text mining derived information. The wreck is covered with rusticles; the knob-like mounds have formed from at least 27 strains of bacteria, including Halomonas titanicae. Due to of the high variability of the 16S rRNA gene it was amplified and analyzed to classify the bacterium as a Halomonas its closest relative being H. It is an extreme halophile salt loving with peritrichous flagella for motility [2]. Information on the name and the taxonomic classification.

The fluids, oil, and explosives found on these vessels pose a threat to the environment. Inscientists had thought the structure of the titanic would last 30 more years. Metabolite utilization Metabolite Utilization activity Kind of utilization tested [Ref.: Rusticles also house 27 other species bacteria[2,3].

As these vessels decay, harmful chemicals are released hitanicae the marine environment, having detrimental effects on the wild life and fishing economy[8]. Further research on it is difficult because it’s challenging to reproduce colonies in a setting other than its natural habitat. The wreckage of the RMS Titanic may soon be lost, thanks to a newly discovered rust-eating bacteria. Whether the bacteria were present on the ship prior to it sinking is unclear.

Titanicae’s optimal salt concentration haloomnas 2.

Halomonas titanicae inhabits a niche in the depths of the ocean where halkmonas is low and salt concentration is considerable. It is a psychrotolerant mesophile, it grows best between degrees Celsius but is capable of growth at temperatures as low as 4 degrees Celsius [2]. Perhaps if we get another 15 to 20 years out of it, we’re doing good They are typically unpigmented or yellow tinted.

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The idea that there is a living haalomonas promoting rust at extremely low temperatures seems hard to believe since these living conditions are harsh.

Only first 10 entries are displayed. Although a tragedy to the Titanic, this new bacterium can be utilized to recycle the metal on other sea wrecks sitting idle on the ocean floor.

Section Name and taxonomic classification Morphology and physiology Culture and growth conditions Isolation, sampling and environmental information Application and interaction Molecular biology Strain availability. The iron-oxide-munching bacterium has fittingly been named Halomonas titanicae. Prokaryotic Nomenclature Up-to-date – compilation of all names of Bacteria and Archaea, validly published according to the Bacteriological Code since 1.

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Additionally it is really interesting that something as small as a Halomonas titanicae bacterium could basically destroy something so grand and historically momentus as the Titanic.

Halomonas titanicae BH1 contig, whole genome shotgun sequence. Information on genomic background e. Titancae is valuable in decomposing metal, removing, recycling and returning iron back into the environment [6,7]. Using DNA technology, Dalhousie scientists Henrietta Mann and Bhavleen Kaur and researchers from the University of Sevilla in Spain were able to identify a new bacterial species collected from rusticles a formation of rust similar to an icicle or stalactite from the Titanic wreck.

They ferment D-galactose, D-glucose and D-fructose [2]. Hiding in Plain Sight: