The effects of oxygen on the use of nitrate as an electron acceptor by the denitrifying bacterium Thiosphaera pantotropha were investigated during growth on acetate. In batch cultures under aerobic conditions nitrate was not utilised and the growth rate constant was 0.55 h-1. The corresponding value for growth on nitrate under anoxic conditions was 0.37 h-1. In acetate-limited continuous cultures with feedback control of the dissolved oxygen concentration, nitrate utilisation was totally inhibited by the lowest concentration of oxygen tested (22 μM). Carbon conversion efficiencies with acetate increased from 0.28 with nitrate to 0.44 with oxygen. The rates of nitrification calculated from nitrogen balance studies were not greater than 1.5% of the rate of anoxic denitrification.
|Journal||FEMS Microbiology Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 1. Jul 1993|
- Growth rate
- Growth yield
- Nitrogen balance
- Thiosphaera pantotropha