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Appl Environ Microbiol. Dec 1989; 55(12): 3234–3236.
PMCID: PMC203254
Requirement for a Microbial Consortium To Completely Oxidize Glucose in Fe(III)-Reducing Sediments
Derek R. Lovley* and Elizabeth J. P. Phillips
Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, 430 National Center, Reston, Virginia 22092
* Corresponding author.
Abstract
In various sediments in which Fe(III) reduction was the terminal electron-accepting process, [14C]glucose was fermented to 14C-fatty acids in a manner similar to that observed in methanogenic sediments. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that, in Fe(III)-reducing sediments, fermentable substrates are oxidized to carbon dioxide by the combined activity of fermentative bacteria and fatty acid-oxidizing, Fe(III)-reducing bacteria.
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