Thermosynechococcus elongatus (Cyanobacteria) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-103095 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

published: 20 Feb 2012 last updated: 04 Sep 2012
Organism information
Thermosynechococcus elongatus
Kingdom Bacteria
Phylum Cyanobacteria
Class Cyanophyceae
Order Chroococcales
Genus Thermosynechococcus
Species elongatus
  • Cyanobacteria
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Bacteria
Characteristics related to biosafety
Thermosynechococcus elongatus is a thermophil bacteria that was isolated from hot springs in Japan.
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Thermosynechococcus elongatus inhabits hot springs. Its has an optimum growth rate at temperatures of approximately 55°C.
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Adverse effects on human or animal health or on the environment through Thermosynechococcus elongatus have not been observed.
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Additional Information
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.
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