Clostridium thermocellum: Adhesion and sporulation while adhered to cellulose and hemicellulose

  title={Clostridium thermocellum: Adhesion and sporulation while adhered to cellulose and hemicellulose},
  author={Juergen Wiegel and Michael J. Dykstra},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
During growth in the presence of fibers composed of cellulose or hemicellulose, various strains of the thermophilic soil bacterium Clostridium thermocellum and several newly isolated thermophilic anaerobic soil bacteria adhered to the fibers. Attachment occurred via a fibrous ruthenium red-staining material. C. thermocellum sporulated while attached to the fibers when the pH dropped below 6.4. It is postulated that the attachment is involved in cellulose breakdown and that C. thermocellum… CONTINUE READING
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