Query: NC_014844:2158318 Desulfovibrio aespoeensis Aspo-2 chromosome, complete genome Lineage: Desulfovibrio aespoeensis; Desulfovibrio; Desulfovibrionaceae; Desulfovibrionales; Proteobacteria; Bacteria General Information: Country: Sweden; Environment: Animal intestinal microflora, Fresh water; Isolation: Granitic rock aquifer at 600 m depth; Temp: Mesophile; Temp: 30C. Desulfovibrio aespoeensis Aspo-2 is a halotolerant, sulfate-reducing Gram-negative bacterium isolated from granitic groundwater sampled at a depth of 600 m at Aspo hard rock laboratory, Sweden.
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General Information: This strain was isolated from sediment contaminated with cis-dichloroethane (cDCE), a common pollutant resulting from widespread manufacture and use of industrial solvents. This bacterium is the only known organism capable of using cDCE as a sole carbon and energy source. The ability of this strain to convert ethene to epoxyethane suggests that the first step in the cDCE biodegradation pathway is the oxidation of cDCE to an epoxide compound. Bacteria that are able to grow on cDCE are rare, and have only been found in very few highly selective artificial environments. The discovery of this bacteria may provide a low cost, self-sustaining bioremediation method in areas where cDCE is a problem contaminant.