Query: NC_008740:3602367 Marinobacter aquaeolei VT8, complete genome Lineage: Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus; Marinobacter; Alteromonadaceae; Alteromonadales; Proteobacteria; Bacteria General Information: Marinobacter aquaeolei VT8, also known as Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus VT8, is a moderately halophilic, hydrocarbon-degrading bacterium isolated from an oil well off the coast of Vietnam. Hydrocarbon-degrading marine bacterium. This organism is a moderately halophilic, hydrocarbon-degrading bacterium which has been isolated from a number of hydrocarbon polluted marine environments. Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus is able to produce biofilms as well as survive in open seawater.
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General Information: This symbiotic and thermophilic bacterium was discovered by screening for thermostable tryptanophases in Japanese compost. Cultured growth of this organism requires the presence of another bacterial species, such as a Bacillus or Escherichia coli, which provides diffusable metabolites required for its growth. Pure cultures can be obtained by growing Symbiobacterium thermophilum in a bioreactor, separated from its symbiotic counterpart by a dialysis membrane. Because of its symbiotic nature, it cannot be cultured with conventional methods. Despite a negative reaction for gram stain, this species is placed with the gram-positive bacteria based on 16s phylogenetic analysis.