The Titanic bacteria that can destroy ships

There is no doubt that the tragedy of Titanic turned the disorder into the most famous ship in history and, in addition, managed to arouse our interest in everything that has to do with it.

Letters sent from the boat, remains of kitchenware or clothing rescued from the water, testimonies of survivors are no exception. Anything that has the slightest bit of relationship becomes a new piece of the legend of the unsinkable boat that ended up at the bottom of the glistening waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

And if a simple spoon is capable of taking center stage just because it was part of the Titanic's cutlery tray, imagine how interesting they can be bacteria who, to this day, take advantage of what remains of the legendary ocean liner. This is the case of our microbe this week, baptized as Halomonas titanicae.

Characteristics of Halomonas titanicae

Halomonas Titanicae is a gram negative bacterium, shaped like bacillus and move through scourges. It is considered a microorganism extreme halfilo, for its high resistance to salt, and psychrotolerant mesh; well, although it grows well between 30 and 37C, it can also do itbelow 4 degrees, unlike many other bacteria, whose growth is blocked at these temperatures.

It was discovered by a group of scientists Canadians and Spaniards, which were isolated from samples of the remains of the shipwreck of the famous Titanic, so they decided to baptize it in his honor.

Bacteria that cause steel corrosion

As you can see in this video, some structures are observed in the shipwreck, similar to stalactites of the caves, called rusticles, which are the result of the action of Halomonas titanicae, in collaboration with other microbes.

Specifically, these bacteria act corroding the steel, since they are aerobic microorganisms, which obtain energy to survive from the metabolization of steel oxide,which involves the generation of rusticles.

Apart from supposing a new anecdote about the ship, the discovery of these bacteria can be a very useful tool, since it is possible to use them to dismantle old ship debris and oil rigs, which are deposited at the bottom of the ocean.

It is planned that in 2018 a replica of the Titanic will set sail from Southampton and take the same route that the disruptive one had planned in 1912. Although the price for being able to travel on it is not yet fixed, it is clear that not even the third-class tickets will be available. Pocket disposition of most mortals. This bacteria does not ride on the replica, but lives in the true ship that created the legend and will always be known as the Titanic bacteria. Some truly privileged, without a doubt.