NC_009440:79263 Metallosphaera sedula DSM 5348 chromosome, complete genome
Host Lineage: Metallosphaera sedula; Metallosphaera; Sulfolobaceae; Sulfolobales; Crenarchaeota; Archaea
General Information: Acid-loving thermophile which can oxidize coal and pyrite. Metallosphaera sedula was isolated from a thermal pond in the Pisciarelli Solfatara in Italy. This organism is able to leach metals from sulfidic ores making it a potential bioleaching agent. The rate of oxidation of iron pyrite for this organism is increased under conditions of thermal and chemical stress.