Growth of strain SES-3 with arsenate and other diverse electron acceptors

A. M. Laverman, J. S. Blum, J. K. Schaefer, E. J.P. Phillips, D. R. Lovley, R. S. Oremland

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

153 Scopus citations


The selenate-respiring bacterial strain SES-3 was able to use a variety of inorganic electron acceptors to sustain growth. SES-3 grew with the reduction of arsenate to arsenite, Fe(III) to Fe(II), or thiosulfate to sulfide. It also grew in medium in which elemental sulfur, Mn(IV), nitrite, trimethylamine N-oxide, or fumarate was provided as an electron acceptor. Growth on oxygen was microaerophilic. There was no growth with arsenite or chromate. Washed suspensions of cells grown on selenate or nitrate had a constitutive ability to reduce arsenate but were unable to reduce arsenite. These results suggest that strain SES-3 may occupy a niche as an environmental opportunist by being able to take advantage of a diversity of electron acceptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3556-3561
Number of pages6
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Growth of strain SES-3 with arsenate and other diverse electron acceptors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this