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A total of 247 clones of 16S rRNA genes from microorganisms captured by 0.2- and 0.1-microm-pore-size filters from sedimentary and granite rock aquifers were amplified and yielded 37 operational taxonomic units (OTUs). Fifteen OTUs captured by 0.1-microm-pore-size filters were affiliated with the candidate divisions OD1 and OP11, representing novel… (More)
The microbial ecology of nitrifying bacteria in various types of wastewater treatment processes and the dynamic response of the microbial ecology in biofilms were investigated using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with 16S rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes. Nitrifying bacteria were found to exhibit various organizational forms under different… (More)
Eleven 16S rRNA gene clone libraries including 34 archaeal and 72 bacterial phylotypes were constructed from total 708 clones of hydrothermal vent prokaryotes trapped by 0.2- and 0.1-microm-pore-size filters. Crenarchaeota and Proteobacteria phylotypes dominated the archaeal and bacterial populations, respectively. Novel unaffiliated phylotypes occurred… (More)
A process for the bacterial oxidation of dulcitol to d-tagatose has been developed. The strain Arthrobacter globiformis ST48 used in this fermentation was isolated from soil. The yield of d-tagatose accumulated in the medium from dulcitol was as high as 85%. About 14 g of d-tagatose crystals was isolated from 1 liter of 2% dulcitol medium.
Ethanol fermentation on seeds of seagrass Zostera marina was studied. The seeds were collected from the annual plant colony of Z. marina at Hinase Bay, Okayama. The seeds contained 83.5% carbohydrates including 48.1% crude starch on a dry weight basis, which is comparable to cereals such as wheat flour and corns. The seeds were saccharified with… (More)
The unique beauty of spherical aggregation forming algae has attracted much attention from both the scientific and lay communities. Several aegagropilous seaweeds have been identified to date, including the plants of genus Cladophora and Chaetomorpha. However, this phenomenon remains poorly understood. In July 2013, a mass occurrence of spherical Cladophora… (More)