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Halorespiration or dehalorespiration is the use of halogenated compounds as terminal electron acceptors in anaerobic respiration.[1] Halorespiration can play a part in microbial biodegradation. The most common substrates are chlorinated aliphatics (PCE, TCE), chlorinated phenols. Dehalorespiring bacteria are highly diverse. This trait is found in some proteobacteria, chloroflexi (green nonsulfur bacteria), low G+C gram positive Clostridia.[2] and ultramicrobacteria.[3]

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  1. ^ Holliger, C.; Wohlfarth, G.; Diekert, G. (1998). "Reductive dechlorination in the energy metabolism of anaerobic bacteria". FEMS Microbiology Reviews. 22 (5): 383. doi:10.1111/j.1574-6976.1998.tb00377.x. 
  2. ^ Hiraishi, A. (2008). "Biodiversity of Dehalorespiring Bacteria with Special Emphasis on Polychlorinated Biphenyl/Dioxin Dechlorinators". Microbes and Environments. 23 (1): 1–12. PMID 21558680. doi:10.1264/jsme2.23.1. 
  3. ^ http://link.springer.com/article/10.1134/S0026261712040054

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