The thermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus is able to grow on phenol.

@article{Izzo2005TheTA,
  title={The thermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus is able to grow on phenol.},
  author={Viviana Izzo and Eugenio Notomista and Alessandra Picardi and Francesca Pennacchio and Alberto Di Donato},
  journal={Research in microbiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={156 5-6},
  pages={677-89}
}
Many eubacteria use aromatic molecules as a carbon and energy source, but only a few archaea have been reported to grow on aromatics. Degradation of aromatic hydrocarbons by aerobic bacteria is generally divided into an upper pathway, which produces dihydroxylated aromatic intermediates by the action of monooxygenases, and a lower pathway that processes these intermediates down to molecules that enter the citric acid cycle. Recently, analysis of the genome of the thermophilic archaeon… CONTINUE READING

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