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Acetogenic Bacteria

  1. Frank Imkamp1,
  2. Volker Müller2

Published Online: 15 JAN 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020086

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Imkamp, F. and Müller, V. 2007. Acetogenic Bacteria. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

  2. 2

    Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2007

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Abstract

Acetogenic bacteria are a specialized group of strictly anaerobic bacteria that are ubiquitous in nature and essential for the global carbon cycle. Acetogens are characterized by a unique pathway, the Wood–Ljungdahl pathway of carbon dioxide reduction with the acetyl-CoA synthase as the key enzyme of the pathway.

Keywords:

  • acetogens;
  • anaerobic respiration;
  • acetyl;
  • CoA pathway;
  • bioenergetics;
  • anaerobic ecology