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By using highly electronegative oxygen as a terminal electron acceptor in the process of oxidative phosphorylation (oxidative metabolism), far more energy is released that can be used for ATE production than is obtained from metabolic processes that use other electron acceptors, such as occurs in fermentation reactions.
In this environment, the ability to use simultaneously oxygen and nitrate as a terminal electron acceptor appears to favor aerobic denitrification and, because it is physiologically coupled, heterotrophic nitrification (Austin, Wolf, & Strous, 2006).
Second, the enrichment of bacteria that utilize chlorinated organic compounds such as tetrachloroethene (perchloroethylene, PCE) as the terminal electron acceptor in metabolic processes (i.