Energetic considerations in organohalide respiration

Jan Dolfing*

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Organohalide-respiring bacteria harness energy using halogenated organic compounds as electron acceptors. The objective of this chapter is to evaluate the thermodynamics and energetics of organohalide respiration, that is, (i) how much energy the organisms can obtain from dehalogenation, and how this energy compares to the energy available from other electron acceptors; (ii) how much energy the organisms actually harness from the dehalogenation reactions; and (iii) how much energy the organisms not only forfeit but actually dissipate when they convert halogenated compounds co-metabolically rather than metabolically. Alternative fates of organohalides-their anaerobic oxidation and fermentation- are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganohalide-Respiring Bacteria
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783662498750
ISBN (Print)9783662498736
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


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