Query: NC_007759:2315490 Syntrophus aciditrophicus SB, complete genome Lineage: Syntrophus aciditrophicus; Syntrophus; Syntrophaceae; Syntrophobacterales; Proteobacteria; Bacteria General Information: Syntrophus aciditrophicus SB was isolated from sludge from a sewage treatment plant in Norman, Oklahoma, USA. Syntrophic benzoate-oxidizing bacterium. Syntrophus aciditrophicus is able to ferment benzoate when grown in co-culture with hydrogen-consuming methanogens (syntrophic metabolism).
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General Information: First isolated from soil in 1941. Bacterium with a multi-stage lifecycle. M.xanthus is a Gram-negative rod-shaped bacterium. This organism undergoes a complex development and differentiation pathway. When cell density increases, the organism switches to "social motility" where aggregates of cells can gather together into masses termed fruiting bodies that may consist of up to 100 000 cells. This organism is also utilized industrially to produce the anticancer drug epithilone.