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J Bacteriol. 2012 May;194(10):2767-8. doi: 10.1128/JB.00124-12.

Complete genome sequence of the anaerobic perchlorate-reducing bacterium Azospira suillum strain PS.

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  • 1Department of Plant and Microbiology, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA.


Azospira suillum strain PS (formally Dechlorosoma suillum strain PS) is a metabolically versatile betaproteobacterium first identified for its ability to grow by dissimilatory reduction of perchlorate and chlorate [denoted (per)chlorate]. Together with Dechloromonas species, these two genera represent the dominant (per)chlorate-reducing bacteria in mesophilic freshwater environments. In addition to (per)chlorate reduction, A. suillum is capable of the anaerobic oxidation of humic substances and is the first anaerobic nitrate-dependent Fe(II) oxidizer outside the Diaphorobacter and Acidovorax genera for which there is a completed genome sequence.

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