Microcheck 115

Members of the genera Micrococcus, Mycobacterium, Pseudomonas, Thermus, and Deinococcus are obligate aerobes that generate ATP by degrading organic compounds, using O2 as a terminal electron acceptor. Most Corynebacterium species and all members of the family Enterobacteriaceae are facultative anaerobes.

11.6 Thriving in Terrestrial Environments

■ What is the significance of coliforms being present in drinking water?

■ What unique characteristic makes members of the genus Deinococcus noteworthy?

■ Why would it be an advantage for a Pseudomonas species to encode enzymes for degrading certain compounds on a plasmid rather than the chromosome?

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