Details for Pyrococcus

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Thermal Features for this Organism


NCBI Taxonomy ID: 2260
NCBI Taxonomy Rank: Genus
Pyrococcus is morphologically similar to Thermococcus. Pyrococcus (the latin derivation literally means "fireball") differs from Thermococcus primarily by its high temperature requirements; Pyrococcus grows between 70 and 106°C with an optimum of 100°C. Thermococcus and Pyrococcus are also metabolically quite similar: Proteins, starch, or maltose are oxidized as electron donors and S0 is the terminal acceptor and is reduced to H2S.
Taken from the text Brock Biology of Microorganisms (10th ed.). Madigan, M.T., Martinko, J.M., and Parker, J. 2003. Prentice Hall. 458-459p.