Benzene from bacterial cleavage of the carbon-phosphorus bond of phenylphosphonates.

  title={Benzene from bacterial cleavage of the carbon-phosphorus bond of phenylphosphonates.},
  author={Alasdair M. Cook and Christian G. Daughton and Martin. Alexander},
  journal={The Biochemical journal},
  volume={184 2},
An organism, identified as a strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae, was proved by direct assay to utilize ionic methyl phenylphosphonate as sole phosphorus source. One product from C-P-bond cleavage was identified as benzene by combined g.l.c.-mass spectrometry. The molar yield of benzene from the phosphonate was 89%. 
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