Halomonas titanicae is a gram-negative, bacilli shaped bacterium from strain BH1T. It’s –×– μm in size. It’s a motile microorganism. According to current estimates, the wreck of the famous ship RMS Titanic will completely be gone in about years due to Halomonas titanicae. The wreck is covered with rusticles; the knob-like mounds have formed from at least 27 strains of bacteria, including Halomonas titanicae.

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Further research is encouraged in the scientific community based upon the capabilities of current systems in relation to Halomonas titanicae.

The only host of this bacteria is currently known to be the ship wreck of the Titanic. This enables it to survive in the balomonas temperatures in its habitat at the bottom of the ocean. Only first 10 entries are displayed.

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The bacteria have critical implications for the preservation of the ship’s wreckage. Although this article didn’t directly reference H.

Halomonas titanicae sp. nov., a halophilic bacterium isolated from the RMS Titanic.

Section Name and taxonomic classification Morphology and physiology Culture and growth conditions Isolation, sampling and environmental information Application hapomonas interaction Molecular biology Strain availability. The researchers who made the discovery of the bacterium state that it is halkmonas if the bacterium was present on the ship prior to its sinking in [6]. Retrieved from ” https: Due to of the high variability of the 16S rRNA gene it was amplified and analyzed to classify the bacterium as a Halomonas its closest relative being H.


This student page has not been curated. The iron-oxide-munching bacterium has fittingly been named Halomonas titanicae. They are typically unpigmented or yellow tinted. Rusticles also house 27 other species bacteria[2,3].

While some Halomonas strains have been shown to infect humans, currently there is no known evidence that H. The idea that there is a living organism promoting rust at extremely low temperatures seems hard to believe since these living conditions are harsh.

Further, it could also help scientists develop paints or protective coatings to guard against the bacteria for working vessels.

The environment which the H. We aim to empower and inspire our readers with the tools needed to understand the world and appreciate its everyday awe. Halomonas titanicae inhabits a niche in the depths of the ocean where temperature is tiatnicae and salt concentration is considerable. It is known as a “steel munching” bacteria because it metabolizes steel rust as with the Titanic.

In Sanchez-Porro, et. Although other species of bacteria are found in the rusticles with H.

Halomonas titanicae sp. nov., a halophilic bacterium isolated from the RMS Titanic.

This bacterium collects on the side of metal surfaces, and was discovered on the ship the RMS Titanic. Further research is currently being performed on the Halomonas genus and new bacteria are being discovered daily.

If there were some way to titnaicae H. As a chemo-organotrophic organism its metabolism is respiratory. Scientists are now gaining more information in regards halomonax its destructive power. A Microbial Biorealm page on the genus Halomonas titanicae. Halomonas titanicae is a gram-negative, bacilli shaped bacterium from strain BH1T.


The genome size is base pairs bp and is linear [2]. Titanicae’s optimal salt concentration is 2. It is, however, hazardous to metals, specifically those which contain high levels of rust due to its ability to deteriorate these man made structures [2,3,6]. Whether the bacteria were present on the ship prior to it sinking is unclear. External links Search for species Halomonas titanicae in external resources: Perhaps if we get another 15 to 20 years out of it, we’re doing good Research is still being conducted to determine of other species in the rusticles contribute to the degradation of the metal as well.

Live Titaincae Staff, on. In some ways that’s a little sad because the world is losing a part of tiitanicae history, but in other ways it is kind of cool that the Earth has developed a way of recycling itself to this extent, obtaining energy from the most unlikely places.

From MicrobeWiki, the student-edited microbiology resource. Rusticles are porous and allow water to pass through; they are rather delicate and will eventually disintegrate into fine powder.