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  • Anaerobic bacteria: require reduced oxygen tension for growth; do not grow on the surface of solid media in 10% CO2 in air
  • Microaerophilic bacteria: grow in an atmosphere of 10% CO2 in air or under anaerobic or aerobic conditions, but grow best if only a small amount of atmospheric oxygen is present
  • Facultative bacteria: grow in the presence or absence of oxygen

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