MICHAEL ABBEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MICHAEL ABBEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Thiobacillus thioparvus. Light micrograph of a group of the bacteria Thiobacillus thioparvus. These are chemolithotrophic bacteria, meaning they metabolise inorganic substances to produce energy. They are motile, rod-shaped bacteria found in hot springs and soils. Thiobacillus thioparvus bacteria metabolise sulphur compounds such as sulphides and thiosulphates. Phase contrast. Magnification: x800 at 35mm size.
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