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J Bacteriol. 2012 Jul;194(13):3539-40. doi: 10.1128/JB.00500-12.

Genome sequence of the marine bacterium Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus SP17, which forms biofilms on hydrophobic organic compounds.

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  • 1Institut Pluridisciplinaire de Recherche en Environnement et Matériaux, Equipe Environnement et Microbiologie, UMR 5254, CNRS, IBEAS, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, Pau, France.


Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus SP17 forms biofilms specifically at the interface between water and hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) that are used as carbon and energy sources. Biofilm formation at the HOC-water interface has been recognized as a strategy to overcome the low availability of these nearly water-insoluble substrates. Here, we present the genome sequence of SP17, which could provide further insights into the mechanisms of enhancement of HOCs assimilation through biofilm formation.

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