Desulfovibrio desulfuricans

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Desulfovibrio desulfricans
Desulfovibrio desulfuricans.jpg
Scanning electron micrograph of Desulfovibrio desulfricans
Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Deltaproteobacteria
Order: Desulfovibrionales
Family: Desulfovibrionaceae
Genus: Desulfovibrio
Species: D. desulfuricans
Binomial name
Desulfovibrio desulfuricans
(Beijerinck 1895) Kluyver and van Niel 1936
  • Spirillum desulfuricans Beijerinck 1895
  • Bacillus desulfuricans Saltet 1900
  • Microspira desulfuricans Migula 1900
  • Vibrio cholinicus Haywood and Stadtman 1959

Desulfovibrio desulfuricans is a Gram-negative sulfate-reducing bacteria. It is generally found in soils, waters, and the stools of animals, although in rare cases it has been found to cause infection in humans.[2] It is particularly noted for its ability to produce methyl mercury.[3] Since these bacteria are killed by exposure to atmospheric oxygen, the environmental niches most frequently occupied by these bacteria are anaerobic.[4]


Desulfovibrio desulfuricans has been described as a motile, rod-shaped, Gram-negative obligate anaerobe with polar flagella. It measures approximately 3μm by 0.5μm.[5]


  1. ^ Jean, Euzeby. "Genus Desulfovibrio". List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  2. ^ EJC Goldstein; DM Citron; VA Peraino; SA Cross (June 2003). "Desulfovibrio desulfricans Bacteremia and Review of Human Desulfovibrio Infections". J Clin Microbiol. 41 (6): 2752–2754. doi:10.1128/jcm.41.6.2752-2754.2003. PMC 156571. PMID 12791922.
  3. ^ CC Gilmour; DA Elias; AM Kucken; SD Brown; AV Palumbo; CW Schadt; JD Wall (June 2011). "Sulfate-Reducing Bacterium Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ND132 as a Model for Understanding Bacterial Mercury Methylation". Appl Environ Microbiol. 77 (12): 3938–3951. doi:10.1128/aem.02993-10. PMC 3131654. PMID 21515733. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Home - Desulfovibrio desulfuricans G20". Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  5. ^ GC Compeau; R Bartha (August 1985). "Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria: Principal Methylators of Mercury in Anoxic Estuarine Sediment". Appl Environ Microbiol. 50 (2): 498–502. PMC 238649. PMID 16346866.

External links[edit]

D. desulfuricans genome from NCBI