At a concentration of 20% of the atmosphere of the culture flasks, acetylene inhibited growth and carbon dioxide production by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans and Desulfovibrio gigas. The bacteria did not reduce acetylene to ethylene, and neither acetylene dicarboxylic acid nor ethylene was inhibitory. At 10%, acetylene was partially inhibitory for the desulfovibrios. At 5%, acetylene impeded the rate but did not limit the extent of growth and catabolism of the desulfovibrios. Desulfotomaculum ruminis was affected only negligibly, if at all, by acetylene and ethylene at any of these concentrations
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