Ecophysiology and niche differentiation of Nitrospira-like bacteria, the key nitrite oxidizers in wastewater treatment plants.

@article{Daims2006EcophysiologyAN,
  title={Ecophysiology and niche differentiation of Nitrospira-like bacteria, the key nitrite oxidizers in wastewater treatment plants.},
  author={Holger Daims and Frank Maixner and Sebastian L{\"u}cker and Kilian Stoecker and Karin Hace and Max Wagner},
  journal={Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research},
  year={2006},
  volume={54 1},
  pages={21-7}
}
Nitrite-oxidizing bacteria of the genus Nitrospira are key nitrifiers in wastewater treatment plants. Pure cultures of these organisms are unavailable, but cultivation-independent molecular methods make it possible to detect Nitrospira-like bacteria in environmental samples and to investigate their ecophysiology. Comprehensive screening of natural and engineered habitats and of public databases for 16S rRNA sequences of Nitrospira-like bacteria revealed a surprisingly high biodiversity in the… CONTINUE READING

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