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Chemolithotrophy is one way to classify microbes according to ecotype. A chemolithotroph uses inorganic carbon to build cell material.

Metabolic pathways specific to chemolithotrophs

Fixation of CO2:

Production of reducing power by reverse electron flow:

  • Reverse electron flow costs proton motive force so that electrons can be forced against the thermodynamic gradient and reduce NAD+ to NADH.
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