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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When the bacteria breaks down the rust it gains energy in the form of electrons from the degradation iron that is present. It belongs to the family Halomonadaceae, which generally inhabits environments that are salty [5].

Hiding in Plain Sight: We aim to empower and inspire our readers with the tools needed to understand the world and appreciate its everyday awe. Information on genomic background e. Section Name and taxonomic classification Morphology and physiology Culture and growth conditions Isolation, sampling and environmental information Titabicae and interaction Molecular biology Strain availability.

Using DNA technology, Dalhousie scientists Henrietta Mann and Bhavleen Kaur and researchers from the University of Sevilla in Spain were able to identify a new bacterial species collected from rusticles a formation of rust similar to an icicle or stalactite from the Titanic wreck.

Halomonas titanicae

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 titaicae to it sinking is unclear. A Microbial Biorealm page on the genus Halomonas titanicae.

This bacterium collects on the side of metal surfaces, and was discovered on the ship the RMS Titanic. If there were some way to prevent H. They ferment D-galactose, D-glucose and D-fructose [2]. Only first 5 entries are displayed. The environment which the H. As a chemo-organotrophic organism its titaniicae is respiratory. The need ofr regional collaboration to address the potential marine pollution threat. Only first 10 entries are displayed.


While some Halomonas strains have been shown to infect humans, currently there is no known evidence that H.

StrainInfo introduces electronic passports for microorganisms. Further research is currently being performed on the Halomonas genus and new bacteria are being discovered daily. Titancae is valuable in decomposing metal, removing, recycling and returning iron back haloomonas the environment [6,7].

The wreckage of the RMS Titanic may soon be lost, thanks to a newly discovered rust-eating bacteria.

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

Scientists are now gaining more information in regards to its destructive power. Inscientists had thought the structure of the titanic would last 30 more years. Information on jalomonas and physiological properties Morphology and physiology. For the science geek in everyone, Live Science offers a fascinating window into the natural and technological world, delivering comprehensive and compelling news and analysis on everything from dinosaur discoveries, archaeological finds and amazing animals to health, innovation and wearable technology.

This student page has not been curated. Although a tragedy to the Titanic, this new bacterium can be utilized to recycle the metal on other sea wrecks sitting idle on the ocean floor. The bacteria have critical implications for the preservation of the ship’s wreckage. In the south Pacific regional ocean there is approximately 3, sunken war vessel including battle ships, tankers, oilers and air craft carriers.

Rusticles also house 27 other species bacteria[2,3]. Halomnoas on possible application of the strain and its possible interaction with e. The researcher’s findings will be published Dec.

As of now, there are no reports of disease or infections affecting living organisms, however this bacteria is new discovered. Although other species of bacteria are found in the rusticles with H. Although this article didn’t directly reference H.

From MicrobeWiki, the student-edited microbiology resource. Further, it could also help scientists develop paints or protective coatings to guard against the bacteria for working vessels. Metabolite utilization Metabolite Utilization activity Kind of utilization tested [Ref.: Name and taxonomic classification. Researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada have been examining the bacteria eating away titqnicae the remains of the famous ship as it sits on the ocean floor.


It is a psychrotolerant mesophile, it grows best between degrees Celsius but is capable of growth at temperatures as low as 4 degrees Celsius [2]. In some ways that’s a little sad because the world is losing a part of its history, but in other ways it is kind of cool that the Earth has developed a way of halmonas itself halomnoas this extent, obtaining energy from the most unlikely places.

The idea that there is a living organism promoting rust at extremely low temperatures seems hard to halommonas since these living conditions are harsh. In the 25 years since the discovery of the wreck, the Titanic has rapidly deteriorated.

Halomonas titanicae – Wikipedia

They are capable of anaerobic growth with the aid of glucose titaanicae in addition they are able to perform denitrification to gain energy through taking nitrate, but not nitrite, and converting it to nitrogen.

As an extremophile group, Halomonas bacterium can grow under extreme conditions, high salt concentration, which could become significant in future biotechnological applications and mechanisms [4]. As these vessels decay, harmful chemicals are released into the marine environment, having detrimental effects on the wild life and fishing economy[8]. It is an extreme halophile salt halomonaas with peritrichous flagella for motility [2].

Halomonas titanicae BH1 contig, whole genome shotgun sequence.

The fluids, oil, and explosives found on these vessels pose a threat to the environment. Availability in culture collections Strain availability. The genome size is base pairs bp and is linear [2].