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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Information on the name and the taxonomic classification. It is an extreme halophile salt loving with peritrichous flagella for motility [2]. As a chemo-organotrophic organism its metabolism is respiratory.

They ferment D-galactose, D-glucose and D-fructose [2]. Although other species of bacteria are found in the rusticles with H. While titanicse loss of the wreck over time concerns Dan Conlin, curator of maritime history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, he titanica scientists know much more about the Titanic than most shipwrecks. Section Name and taxonomic classification Morphology and physiology Culture and growth conditions Isolation, sampling and environmental information Application and interaction Molecular biology Strain availability.

Discovered halomonnas a joint American-French expedition inthe wreck is located a little more than 2 miles 3.

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

In their article these researchers give information regarding the bacterium’s cell structure, size, metabolism, genome, and the niche it inhabits. Information on morphological and physiological properties Morphology and physiology.

In the south Pacific regional ocean there is approximately 3, sunken war vessel including battle ships, tankers, oilers and air craft carriers.

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. 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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Rusticles also house 27 other species bacteria[2,3]. Halophily Salt Tested relation Salt conc. Information on culture and growth conditions Culture and growth conditions.

Titancae is valuable in decomposing metal, removing, recycling and returning iron back into the environment [6,7]. A Microbial Biorealm page on the genus Halomonas titanicae. 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.

The wreckage of the RMS Titanic halomonss soon be lost, thanks to a newly discovered rust-eating bacteria.

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]. The only host of this bacteria is currently known to be the ship wreck of the Titanic. The fluids, oil, and explosives found on these vessels pose a threat to the environment. By studying the structure and capabilities of H.

Halomnas research is currently being performed on the Halomonas genus and new bacteria are being discovered daily. StrainInfo introduces electronic passports for microorganisms. When the bacteria breaks down the rust it gains energy in the form of electrons from the degradation iron that is present.

Name and taxonomic classification. It is, however, hazardous to metals, specifically those which contain high levels of titaniicae due to its ability to deteriorate these man made structures [2,3,6].

Halomonas titanicae – Wikipedia

This bacterium collects on the side of metal surfaces, and was discovered on the ship the RMS Titanic. The Halomonas titanicae bacteria are gram-negative bacilli, as most species in the Halomonas genus are[4]. Further research on it is difficult because it’s challenging to reproduce colonies in a setting other than its natural habitat. It belongs to the family Halomonadaceae, which generally inhabits environments that are salty [5].

The genome size is base pairs bp and is linear [2]. Research is still being conducted to determine of other species in the rusticles contribute to the degradation of the metal as well. The researcher’s findings will be published Dec.


New Species of Rust-Eating Bacteria Destroying the Titanic

They are typically unpigmented or yellow tinted. Personal tools Log in. The bacteria have critical implications for the preservation of the ship’s wreckage. Catalase as well as oxidase are produced. Live Science Staff, on. As an extremophile group, Halomonas bacterium can grow under extreme conditions, high salt concentration, which could become significant in future biotechnological applications and mechanisms [4].

Perhaps if we get another 15 to 20 years out of it, we’re doing good Information on isolation source, the sampling and environmental conditions Isolation, sampling and environmental information. Information on possible application of the strain and its possible interaction with e. The idea that there is a living organism promoting rust at extremely low temperatures seems hard to believe since these living conditions are ualomonas. 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.

Rusticles are porous and allow water to pass through; they are rather delicate and will eventually disintegrate into fine powder. Halomonas titanicae inhabits a niche in the depths of the ocean where halomonxs is low and salt concentration is considerable. Due to of the high variability of the 16S rRNA gene it was amplified and analyzed to classify the bacterium as a Halomonas its tutanicae relative being H.

Although this article didn’t directly reference H. Scientists are now gaining more information in regards to its destructive power. For decades following the ship’s sinking inthe Titanic ‘s final resting spot remained a mystery.

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