Leptospirillum ferriphilum

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Leptospirillum ferriphilum
Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Nitrospirae
Class: Nitrospira
Order: Nitrospirales
Family: Nitrospiraceae
Genus: Leptospirillum
Species: L. ferriphilum
Binomial name
Leptospirillum ferriphilum
Coram & Rawlings, 2002

Leptospirillum ferriphilum is an iron-oxidising bacterium.[1] It is one of the species responsible for the generation of acid mine drainage.[2] It is of particular relevance in South African commercial biooxidation tanks operating at 40 °C.


  1. ^ Coram, N. J.; Rawlings, D. E. (2002). "Molecular Relationship between Two Groups of the Genus Leptospirillum and the Finding that Leptospirillum ferriphilum sp. nov. Dominates South African Commercial Biooxidation Tanks That Operate at 40 C". Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 68 (2): 838–845. ISSN 0099-2240. doi:10.1128/AEM.68.2.838-845.2002. 
  2. ^ Ojumu, Tunde V.; Petersen, Jochen (2011). "The kinetics of ferrous ion oxidation by Leptospirillum ferriphilum in continuous culture: The effect of pH". Hydrometallurgy. 106 (1–2): 5–11. ISSN 0304-386X. doi:10.1016/j.hydromet.2010.11.007. 

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