Halomonas titanicae

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Halomonas titanicae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Gammaproteobacteria
Order: Oceanospirillales
Family: Halomonadaceae
Genus: Halomonas
Species: H. titanicae
Binomial name
Halomonas titanicae
Mann, Kaur, Sánchez-Porro & Ventosa[1]

Halomonas titanicae is a gram-negative, halophilic species of proteobacteria which was discovered on rusticles recovered from the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Cristina Sánchez-Porro et al. first isolated the bacterium in 2010 from a sample of rusticle obtained from the RMS Titanic in 1991.[2] One of the researchers, Henrietta Mann has estimated that the action of microbes like Halomonas titanicae may bring about the total deterioration of the Titanic by 2030. [3] While the bacteria has been identified as a potential danger to oil rigs and other man-made objects in the deep sea, it also has the potential to be used in bioremediation to accelerate the decomposition of shipwrecks littering the ocean floor. [4][5]


  1. ^ Cristina Sánchez-Porro, Bhavleen Kaur, Henrietta Mann & Antonio Ventosa (2010). "Halomonas titanicae sp. nov., a halophilic bacterium isolated from the RMS Titanic". International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 60: 2768–2774. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.020628-0. PMID 20061494. 
  2. ^ Sánchez-Porro, Cristina (December 2010). "Halomonas titanicae sp. nov., a halophilic bacterium isolated from the RMS Titanic". IJSEM 60 (12): 2768–2774. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.020628-0. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1336542/Halomonas-titanicae-New-rust-eating-bacteria-destroying-wreck-Titanic.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  4. ^ Betsy Mason (May 24, 2011). "Top 10 New Species Discovered in 2010". Wired. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "New species of bacteria found in Titanic 'rusticles'". BBC News. December 6, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2011.