Phillippa L Rhodes

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The aim of this study was to examine the bacterial composition of high latitude soils from the Darwin–Hatherton glacier region of Antarctica. Four soil pits on each of four glacial drift sheets were sampled for chemical and microbial analyses. The four drifts—Hatherton, Britannia, Danum, and Isca—ranged, respectively, from early Holocene (10 ky) to(More)
Grape juice and skin and seed extracts of Vitis vinifera var. Ribier black table grapes were found to be highly inhibitory towards Listeria monocytogenes. This grape juice was also active against all other Listeria species tested but not against Bacillus cereus, Salmonella Menston, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus or Yersinia enterocolitica.(More)
Two psychrotolerant toluene-degrading Pseudomonas spp. were isolated from JP8 jet-fuel-contaminated soils, Scott Base, Antarctica. Isolates metabolized meta-toluate as sole carbon source at temperatures ranging from 6 to 30 degrees C. Large plasmids (>64kb) were isolated from both isolates. Sequence analysis of PCR products amplified using xylB (the gene(More)
A chromogenic substrate, 4-nitrophenyl 2-acetamido-2-deoxy-beta-D-glucopyranoside 6-sodium sulfate was synthesized and used in combination with beta-N-acetylhexosaminidase for detection of the sulfatase, MdsA, by release of 4-nitrophenol. MdsA was originally isolated from the bacterium Prevotella strain RS2 and is believed to be involved in desulfation of(More)
Irrigation of dairy shed effluent (DSE) onto land is an integral part of New Zealand's farming practice. The use of inappropriate soils can result in contamination of ground waters with microbes and nutrients. A gap in our knowledge is the ability of stony soils to safely treat DSE. Replicates of four stony soils were collected from the Canterbury region of(More)
Culturing of hematopoietic progenitor cells for 24 h with IL-2 generates cytotoxic effector cells that mediate in vitro and possibly in vivo antitumor activity. We examined the effect of IL-2 incubation on progenitor cells from 24 patients with hematologic malignancies using paired autologous bone marrow (ABM) and PBSC to determine differences in(More)
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