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Acidithiobacillus thiooxidansi
4.2%
(7 Votes)
Azotobacter vinelandii
24.1%
(40 Votes)
Streptomyces griseus
71.7%
(119 Votes)

166 Votes Total

 

Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans

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  • Used to recover metals from ores - bioleaching oxidation
  • Cause of acid mine drainage
  • Produces sulfuric acid from sulfur waste residues
  • First described by Waksman and Joffe, 1922
  • An autotrophic, acid loving bacterium
  • Previously known as Thiobacillus thiooxidans

 

Azotobacter vinelandii

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  • Soil-dwelling bacterium
  • Converts atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia (as a fertilizer)
  • First isolated by Jacob Lipman, 1903, and named after Vineland, NJ
  • Plays an important role in the Nature's nitrogen cycle
  • A model microbe to study the process of nitrogen fixation

 

Streptomyces griseus

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  • Soil filamentous bacterium
  • Gives soil its "earthy" smell by producing "Geosmin"
  • Selman Waksman and Albert Shatz, 1944, discovered that it produces "Streptomycin", the first cure for tuberculosis
  • Produces several antibiotics and pharmaceuticals
  • Out of the Soil Came Goodness

 

 

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  1. Rutgers
  2. New Brunswick
Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology