This epithelial debris forms the ideal media for the growth of bacterial actinomyces and fungi such as Leptothrix
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The most abundant species on filter 1 were from Erythrobacter (4,9%), Burkholderia (4,3%), Methylibium (2,9%), Pseudomonas (2,9%), Acidovorax (2,2%), and Leptothrix
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Mycolata like Sphaerotilus spp., Leptothrix
spp., Microthrix parvicella, Corynebacterium spp., Dietzia spp., Nostocoida limicola, Gordonia spp., Skermania spp., Mycobacterium spp., Nocardia spp., Rhodococcus spp., Tsukamurella spp., Type 021N, and Type 0041 play a role in foaming.
What's new is old: resolving the identity of Leptothrix
ochracea using single cell genomics, pyrosequencing and fish.