Halophilic Clostridia

Authored by: Aharon Oren

Handbook on Clostridia

Print publication date:  March  2005
Online publication date:  March  2005

Print ISBN: 9780849316180
eBook ISBN: 9780203489819
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780203489819.ch33

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Abstract

In view of the wealth of information on the genus Clostridium and its relatives, it is surprising to realize how little is known on the occurrence of endospore-forming anaerobic members of the low G+C group of the Firmicutes in marine and hypersaline environments. Out of the around 150 species of the genus Clostridium with standing in the bacterial nomenclature, no more than four show a marked requirement for salt. Information on the distribution of these species in the marine environment is virtually lacking.

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