Halomonas titanicae is a species of bacteria which was found on rusticles in the wreck of the RMS Titanic. It was discovered in 2010 when rusticle samples taken from the Titanic were analysed, and this bacteria, as it makes work of the Titanic's iron, has been known to cause rapid deterioration. Scientists have estimated that in probably 20 years from now the Titanic will have been reduced to a smear of rust on the sea floor as a result of this new bacteria, with the remaining scraps of her hull intermingled with her more durable interior fittings.
- 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.
- Betsy Mason (May 24, 2011). "Top 10 New Species Discovered in 2010". Wired. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- "New species of bacteria found in Titanic 'rusticles'". BBC News. December 6, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
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