Susceptibility of various purple and green sulfur bacteria to different antimicrobial agents

Balbina Nogales, Ricard Guerrero, Isabel Esteve

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Several purple and green sulfur bacteria (genera Chromatium, Thiocapsa and Chlorobium) were tested for their sensitivity to different antimicrobial agents by a disc diffusion assay, using thioacetamide as a source of hydrogen sulfide for plate growth. Chlorobium limicola strains were more sensitive to amoxicillin, erythromycin and nalidixic acid, whereas gentamicin and netilmicin were more active against the purple bacteria tested. None of the organisms were sensitive to oxacillin and trimethoprim + sulfamethoxazole. The critical concentrations at the edge of the inhibition zone were also calculated for three organisms and the antimicrobials colistin, mitomycin C, penicillin G, rifampicin, and streptomycin. The results obtained suggest that colistin, mitomycin C, penicillin G would provide selective conditions against the growth of Chlorobium limicola strains, while streptomycin and other aminoglycoside antibiotics would select against purple bacteria. © 1994.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-42
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 1994


  • Antimicrobial agents
  • Green sulfur bacteria
  • Purple sulfur bacteria
  • Thioacetamide


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