Query: NC_011146:1998981 Geobacter bemidjiensis Bem, complete genome Lineage: Geobacter bemidjiensis; Geobacter; Geobacteraceae; Desulfuromonadales; Proteobacteria; Bacteria General Information: Geobacter bemidjiensis Bem (ATCC BAA-1014, DSM 16622) was isolated from subsurface sediments collected in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA. This organism, like other Geobacter species, is capable of oxidizing organic compounds and coupling that to reduction of metals.
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General Information: This organism was first isolated from the soil in Vineland, New Jersey, although it is found worldwide. It is a large obligate aerobe that has one of the highest respiratory rates of any organism. Azotobacter vinelandii also produces a number of unusual nitrogenases which allow it to fix atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia, a compound it can then use as a nitrogen source. It protects the oxygen-sensitive nitrogenase enzymes through its high respiratory rate, which sequesters the nitrogenase complexes in an anoxic environment. This organism has a number of unusual characteristics. Under extreme environmental conditions, the cell will produce a cyst that is resistant to dessication and is surrounded by two capsular polysaccharide layers. This organism produces two industrially important polysaccharides, poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) and alginate. PHB is a thermoplastic biopolymer, and alginate is used in the food industry. Alginate is also used by the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa to infect the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients.