Isolation and characterization of a strictly anaerobic, cellulolytic spore former: Clostridium chartatabidum sp. nov

Arch Microbiol. 1987 Mar;147(2):169-73. doi: 10.1007/BF00415279.


Cellulolytic, strictly anaerobic spore-forming bacteria were isolated from chloroform treated rumen contents. They were different from previously described cellulolytic rumen clostridia in several characteristics. They formed subterminal rod-shaped spores approximately 0.7 micron by 3.5 micron. In broth cultures the growth rate was maximal at 39 degrees C and after log growth extensive autolysis occurred. Fermentation products consisted of acetate, butyrate, hydrogen and ethanol. The GC content was 31%.

MeSH terms

  • Anaerobiosis
  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Cellulose / metabolism*
  • Clostridium / cytology
  • Clostridium / isolation & purification*
  • Clostridium / metabolism
  • Rumen / microbiology
  • Sheep
  • Spores, Bacterial
  • Temperature


  • Cellulose