Patel, B.K.C., Jasperse-Herst, P.M., Morgan, H.W. & Daniel, R.M. (1986). Isolation of anaerobic, extremely thermophilic, sulphur metabolising archaebacteria from New Zealand hot springs. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 20, 439-445.
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Enrichments of New Zealand geo-thermal samples, initiated in anaerobic sulphur-containing media and incubated at temperatures above 85°C, yielded rod and coccal shaped organisms which possessed archaebacterial characteristics. Pure cultures were isolated and characterised. Five of the seven isolates, which were rod-shaped organisms and did not have an obligate requirement for sulphur respiration, were similar to Ther-moproteus sp. but had more neutral pH optima for growth. Three of these five Thermoproteus sp. were obligate heterotrophs, which has not previously been reported. The two coccal isolates had an obligate requirement for sulphur as an electron acceptor and were similar to Desulfurococcus sp. but again with more neutral pH optima for growth.
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