Halomonas titanicae is a gram-negative, halophilic species of proteobacteria which was discovered on rusticles recovered from the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Cristina Sánchez-Porro et al. first isolated the bacterium in 2010 from a sample of rusticle obtained from the RMS Titanic in 1991. One of the researchers, Henrietta Mann has estimated that the action of microbes like Halomonas titanicae may bring about the total deterioration of the Titanic by 2030.  While the bacteria has been identified as a potential danger to oil rigs and other man-made objects in the deep sea, it also has the potential to be used in bioremediation to accelerate the decomposition of shipwrecks littering the ocean floor. 
- Cristina Sánchez-Porro, Bhavleen Kaur, Henrietta Mann & Antonio Ventosa (2010). "Halomonas titanicae sp. nov., a halophilic bacterium isolated from the RMS Titanic". International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 60: 2768–2774. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.020628-0. PMID 20061494.
- Sánchez-Porro, Cristina (December 2010). "Halomonas titanicae sp. nov., a halophilic bacterium isolated from the RMS Titanic". IJSEM 60 (12): 2768–2774. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.020628-0. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
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- "New species of bacteria found in Titanic 'rusticles'". BBC News. December 6, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
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