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published: 20 Feb 2012 last updated: 04 Sep 2012
Thermosynechococcus elongatus is a thermophil bacteria that was isolated from hot springs in Japan.EN
Thermosynechococcus elongatus inhabits hot springs. Its has an optimum growth rate at temperatures of approximately 55°C.EN
Adverse effects on human or animal health or on the environment through Thermosynechococcus elongatus have not been observed.EN
Thermosynechococcus elongatus is unicellular and rod-shaped and is classified as a group I cyanobacteria due to its morphological appearance. As all cyanobacteria T. elongatus can perform oxygenic photosynthesis, it is obligate photoautotrophic. However, as a nitrogen storage molecule T. elongatus synthesizes cyanophicin, a co-polymer from aspartate and arginine that is catabolized upon nitrogen deficiency. Its most distinct feature compared to other cyanobacteria is its thermophil character.EN