Query: NC_019962:2189432 Natrinema pellirubrum DSM 15624, complete genome Lineage: Natrinema pellirubrum; Natrinema; Halobacteriaceae; Halobacteriales; Euryarchaeota; Archaea General Information: Country: Italy; Isolation: Red heat in salted hides (spoiled fish); Temp: Mesophile. Natrinema pellirubrum, formerly Halobacterium salinarium is a halophilic archaea requiring at least 1.7 M NaCl for growth and able to grow at salt concentrations of up to 4.3 M.
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General Information: First isolated in 1960 in Oxford, England, as an airborne contaminant growing on methylamine. This strain can grow on methylamine or methanol, but not methane. This organism is capable of growth on one-carbon compounds such as methanol. Methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde which is then used metabolically to generate either energy or biomass. These bacteria are commonly found in the environment, especially associated with plants which produce methanol when metabolizing pectin during cell wall synthesis. At least 25 genes are required for this complex process of converting methanol to formaldehyde and this specialized metabolic pathway is of great interest.