Halomonas titanicae is a gram-negative, bacilli shaped bacterium from strain BH1T. It’s –×– μm in size. It’s a motile microorganism. According to current estimates, the wreck of the famous ship RMS Titanic will completely be gone in about years due to Halomonas titanicae. The wreck is covered with rusticles; the knob-like mounds have formed from at least 27 strains of bacteria, including Halomonas titanicae.

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Halomonas titanicae is a gram-negative, bacilli shaped bacterium from strain BH1T.

In some ways that’s a little sad because the world is losing a part of its history, but in other ways it is kind of cool that the Earth has developed a way of recycling itself to this extent, obtaining energy from the most unlikely places. Information on possible application of the strain and its possible interaction with e. StrainInfo introduces electronic passports for microorganisms.

Only first 5 entries are displayed. Although a tragedy to the Titanic, this new bacterium can be utilized to recycle the metal on other sea wrecks sitting idle on titanicaee ocean floor. What are isolation sources categories? As these vessels decay, harmful chemicals are released into the marine environment, having detrimental effects on the wild life and fishing economy[8].


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Due to its environment this bacterium is difficult to grow under laboratory ttitanicae. Whether the bacteria were present on the ship prior to it sinking is unclear.

Halomonas titanicae

The environment which the H. Further research is currently being performed on the Halomonas genus and new bacteria are being discovered daily. Perhaps if we get another 15 to 20 years out of it, we’re doing good Retrieved from ” https: We aim to empower and inspire our readers with the tools needed to understand the world and appreciate its everyday awe.

Although this article didn’t directly reference H. The genome size is base pairs bp and is linear [2]. Hiding in Plain Sight: In their article these researchers give information regarding the bacterium’s cell structure, size, metabolism, genome, and the niche it inhabits.

Metabolite utilization Metabolite Utilization activity Kind of utilization tested [Ref.: A Microbial Biorealm page on the genus Halomonas titanicae Contents. Information on the name and the taxonomic classification. The need ofr regional collaboration to address the potential titaniae pollution threat. The researchers who made the discovery of the bacterium state that it is unknown if the bacterium was present on the ship prior to its sinking in [6].

Scientists are now gaining more information in regards to its destructive power. While some Halomonas strains have been shown to infect humans, currently there is no known evidence that H. Further, it could also help scientists develop paints or titancae coatings to guard against the bacteria for working vessels.


New Species of Rust-Eating Bacteria Destroying the Titanic

The bacteria have critical implications for the preservation of the ship’s wreckage. If there were some way to prevent H. It is, however, hazardous to metals, specifically those which contain high levels of rust halononas to its ability to deteriorate these man made structures [2,3,6].

External links Search for species Halomonas titanicae in external resources: Due to of the high variability of the 16S rRNA gene it was amplified and analyzed to classify the bacterium as a Halomonas its closest relative being H. This enables it to survive in the cold temperatures in titanciae habitat at the bottom of the ocean.

It is an extreme halophile salt loving with peritrichous flagella for motility [2].

Halophily Salt Tested relation Salt conc. The wreckage of the RMS Titanic may soon be lost, thanks to a newly discovered rust-eating bacteria.