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Desulfovibrio vulgaris subsp. vulgaris Postgate and Campbell


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Desulfovibrio vulgaris subsp. vulgaris was isolated from Wealden clay in England. This whole-genome sequenced bacterial type strain can be used in biotechnology. 
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Strain designation
NCIB 8303 [DSM 644, Hildenborough]
Type strain
Genome sequenced strain
Isolation source
Wealden clay
Geographical isolation
Product format
Storage conditions
2°C to 8°C
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Specific applications


Extremophile type
Sulfate reducer
Genome sequenced strain
Bacteriophage induction
Reduction of tetravalent uranium

Handling information

Handling procedure
  1. If the medium is not freshly prepared (less that 1 week), then it is a good idea to replace the head space with a fresh anaerobic gas such as 100% N2. A reducing agent should then be added to insure that anaerobic conditions are obtained.  It is suggested that a 3% stock solution of cysteine be added, 0.1 mL. for each 5-10 mL, to each tube(s) of medium.  Once that reducing agent has been added, let the tube(s) sit for a minimum of 1 hour before inoculation.
  2. Open vial according to enclosed instructions.
  3. Perform all steps under anaerobic conditions. (see below)
  4. Aseptically transfer 0.5 mL of Medium #1249 to the vial and rehydrate the entire freeze-dried pellet.  Transfer the suspension back into the tube of broth.  Inoculate a plate of non-selective medium with 0.1 of the culture.
  5. Seal the test tube with a rubber stopper and incubate anaerobically at 30°C.  Incubate the plate(s) aerobically as a purity check.
  6. After two or three days, growth should be evident as indicated by turbidity through out the broth.  Once growth has been established, the culture should be transferred to fresh broth every 24 to 48 hours.
  7. This culture is very sensitive to oxygen. Therefore, steps should be taken to avoid exposure to oxygen.  When the culture exhibits good growth, it will remain viable for up to 1 week if stored at 4°C under anaerobic conditions.



Anaerobic conditions for transfer may be obtained by either of the following:

  • Use of an anaerobic gas chamber.
  • Placement of test tubes under a gassing cannula system hooked to anaerobic gas.

Anaerobic conditions for incubation may be obtained by any of the following:

  • Loose screw caps on test tubes in anaerobic chamber.
  • Loose screw caps on test tubes in an activated anaerobic gas pack jar.
  • Use of sterile butyl rubber stoppers on test tubes so that an anaerobic gas headspace is retained.
Handling notes

Use of a shaking incubator improves growth.

Anaerobe Systems PRAS Brucella Blood Plates (AS-111 or AS-141) can be used to analyze colony morphology and purity. 

A black precipitate may be observed because of the breakdown of ferrous ammonium sulfate. Ferrous ammonium sulfate is not required for this organism to grow.

Always use freshly prepared pre-reduced media or pre-reduced media that has been previously prepared but stored under anaerobic conditions. Resazurin in the media is a color indicator for anaerobic conditions. Observance of pink color in medium before use or during incubation shows anaerobic conditions have not been met and oxidation has occurred. Medium should be discarded.

Purified genomic DNA of this strain is available as ATCC 29579D-5.

Additional information on this culture is available on the ATCC® web site at

Quality control specifications

Verification method
Whole-genome Sequencing


Deposited as
Desulfovibrio vulgaris subsp. vulgaris Postgate and Campbell
Chain of custody
ATCC <-- NCIMB <-- ME Adams strain Hildenborough
Cross references
GenBank AE017285 Desulfovibrio vulgaris subsp. vulgaris str. Hildenborough, complete genome.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Curated Citations

Lovley DR, et al. Reduction of uranium by cytochrome c3 of Desulfovibrio vulgaris. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 59: 3572-3576, 1993. PubMed: 8285665

Seyedirashti S, et al. Induction and partial purification of bacteriophages from Desulfovibrio vulgaris (Hildenborough) and Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ATCC 13541. J. Gen. Microbiol. 137: 1545-1549, 1991. PubMed: 1683398

Skerman VB, et al. Approved lists of bacterial names. Int J Syst Bacteriol 30: 225-420, 1980.

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