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J Bacteriol. Sep 1975; 123(3): 855–861.
PMCID: PMC235807
Facultative anoxygenic photosynthesis in the cyanobacterium Oscillatoria limnetica.
Y Cohen, E Padan, and M Shilo
Abstract
An isolate from H2S-rich layers of the Solar Lake, the cyanobacterium Oscillatoria limnetica, exhibits both oxygenic and anoxygenic photosynthesis. It can use Na2S as an electron donor for CO2 photoassimilation (photosystem I supplies the energy) in the presence of 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea or 700-nm light. A stoichiometric ratio of approximately 2 is observed between the Na2S consumed and the photoassimilated CO2. The anoxygenic phototrophic capability of this cyanobacterium explains its growth in nature in high sulfide concentrations and indicates a selective advantage.
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