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A plasmid-borne, firefly-derived, luciferase gene (luc) was inserted and stably inherited in Sinorhizobium meliloti 41 as a reporter gene. The strain obtained, S. meliloti 41/pRP4-luc, and its parental strain served as a model system for viable but not culturable (VBNC) resuscitation experiments in both in vitro and soil samples. Incubation under oxygen(More)
The development of a yeast strain that converts raw starch to ethanol in one step (called Consolidated Bioprocessing, CBP) could significantly reduce the commercial costs of starch-based bioethanol. An efficient amylolytic Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain suitable for industrial bioethanol production was developed in this study. Codon-optimized variants of(More)
BACKGROUND Robust yeasts with high inhibitor, temperature, and osmotic tolerance remain a crucial requirement for the sustainable production of lignocellulosic bioethanol. These stress factors are known to severely hinder culture growth and fermentation performance. RESULTS Grape marc was selected as an extreme environment to search for innately robust(More)
A study was carried out to assess the behaviour, in terms of strain survival and genetic stability, of genetically modified micro-organisms (GEMs) during their storage in commercial-type agricultural inoculants. Three genetically modified Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar viciae strains were constructed, using a gene cassette containing an inducible lacZ gene(More)
Four LAB strains, isolated from Bulgarian home made white brine cheese, were selected for their effective inhibition against Listeria monocytogenes. According to their biochemical and physiological characteristics, the strains were classified as members of Enterococcus genus, and then identified as Enterococcus faecium by 16S rDNA sequencing. Their(More)
Rhizobium sullae strain HCNT1 contains a nitric oxide-producing nitrite reductase of unknown function due to the absence of a complementary nitric oxide reductase. HCNT1 had the ability to grow on selenite concentrations as high as 50 mM, and during growth, selenite was reduced to the less toxic elemental selenium. An HCNT1 mutant lacking nitrite reductase(More)
Cupriavidus necator DSM 545 is a well-known polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) producer, but unable to grow on lactose. The aim of this study was to construct a recombinant strain of C. necator that can use lactose-containing waste material such as cheese whey, to produce PHAs. One of the intracellular PHA depolymerases (phaZ1) of C. necator was chosen to insert(More)
Routine laboratory investigations performed on the serum of an 8-year-old girl examined because of a moderate degree of iron-deficiency anemia showed a markedly reduced C3 level. More detailed complement studies revealed a selective C3 deficiency, as indicated by the almost undetectable C3 concentration tested by both hemolytic and immunochemical assays and(More)
Diversity of nitrogen-fixing bacteria and the nitrogen-fixation activity was investigated in Tuber magnatum, the most well-known prized species of Italian white truffle. Degenerate PCR primers were applied to amplify the nitrogenase gene nifH from T. magnatum ascomata at different stages of maturation. Putative amino acid sequences revealed mainly the(More)