Isolation and characterization of a bacterium that mineralizes toluene in the absence of molecular oxygen

Abstract

A bacterium tentatively identified as a Pseudomonas sp. was isolated from a laboratory aquifer column in which toluene was degraded under denitrifying conditions. The organism mineralized toluene in pure culture in the absence of molecular oxygen. In carbon balance studies using [ring-UL-14C]toluene, more than 50% of the radioactivity was recovered as 14CO2. Nitrate and nitrous oxide served as electron acceptors for toluene mineralization. The organism was also able to degrade m-xylene, benzoate, benzaldehyde, p-cresol, p-hydroxybenzaldehyde, p-hydroxybenzoate and cyclohexanecarboxylic acid in the absence of molecular oxygen.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00276528

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@article{Dolfing1990IsolationAC, title={Isolation and characterization of a bacterium that mineralizes toluene in the absence of molecular oxygen}, author={J. G. A. Dolfing and Josef Zeyer and P. Binder-Eicher and Ren{\'e} P. Schwarzenbach}, journal={Archives of Microbiology}, year={1990}, volume={154}, pages={336-341} }