The growth of nitrogen-fixing Azotobacter chroococcum in continuous culture under intense aeration

Can J Microbiol. 1976 May;22(5):611-8. doi: 10.1139/m76-091.


Azotobacter chroococcum (ATCC 7493) was grown in continuous culture with intense vortex aeration (stirring rate 1750 rpm) with up to 50% O2 in the gas phase. Under these conditions the dissolved O2 generally remained at zero while the cell growth rose to about twice the normally accepted value. The meaning of the term "O2-limitation" in N2-fixing A. chroococcum cultures is critically examined.

MeSH terms

  • Azotobacter / growth & development*
  • Azotobacter / metabolism
  • Bacterial Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Carbon Dioxide / biosynthesis
  • Hydroxybutyrates / biosynthesis
  • Nitrogen Fixation
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Oxygen*
  • Partial Pressure
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial / biosynthesis
  • RNA, Bacterial / biosynthesis


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Hydroxybutyrates
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial
  • RNA, Bacterial
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Oxygen