2006 Volume 70 Issue 3 Pages 753-756
Symbiobacterium thermophilum is a unique syntrophic bacterium that exhibits marked growth only in coculture with a cognate Bacillus sp. In this study, we found that the bacterium is capable of marked mono-growth when supplied with CO2 or bicarbonate. The evidence suggests that the genetic defect for carbonic anhydrase in this bacterium is a reason for the syntrophic property based on CO2 requirement.
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