Journal article

Electroactive haloalkaliphiles exhibit exceptional tolerance to free ammonia.

Pablo Ledezma, Yang Lu, Stefano Freguia

FEMS Microbiol Lett | Published : 2018

Abstract

Electrochemical activity in bacteria has been observed in numerous environments and conditions. However, enrichments in circumneutral freshwater media where acetate is the main electron donor seem to invariably lead to the dominance of Geobacter spp. Here we report on an electroactive bacterial consortium which was enriched on acetate as electron donor, but in a medium which reproduces hydrolysed urine (high pH, high salinity and high free ammonia). The consortium was found to be free of Geobacter species, whereas a previously undescribed community dominated by species closely related to Pseudomonas and Desulfuromonas was established. The salient features of this community were as follows: (..

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