Production of free and organic iodine by Roseovarius spp.

Hiroyuki Fuse, Hiroyuki Inoue, Katsuji Murakami, Osamu Takimura, Yukiho Yamaoka

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Two strains of iodine-producing bacteria were isolated from marine samples. 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated the strains were most closely related to Roseovarius tolerans, and phylogenetic analysis indicated both belong to the same genus. 5 mM iodide inhibited the growth of strain 2S5-2 almost completely, and of strain S6V slightly. Both strains produced free iodine and organic iodine from iodide. CH2I2, CHI3 and CH 2ClI were the main organic iodines produced by strain 2S5-2, and CHI3 and CH2I2 by strain S6V. Experiments using cells and spent media suggested that the organic iodines were produced from the compounds released or contained in the media and cells were necessary for the considerable production of CH2I2 and CH 2ClI, though CHI3 was produced by spent media with H 2O2 or free iodine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 12
Externally publishedYes


  • Iodide oxidation
  • Iodoform
  • Roseovarius
  • Volatile organic iodine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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