Mechanism of formaldehyde biodegradation by Pseudomonas putida


Formaldehyde biodegradation by a strain of Pseudomonas putida has been studied. The results indicate that this biodegradation is initiated by a dismutation reaction, yielding as products formic acid and methanol. The degradation of methanol and formic acid begins after exhaustion of formaldehyde in the medium, and presents a diauxic pattern: first formic acid is consumed followed by methanol. Moreover, cell viability, which is affected by the amount of added formaldehyde, has been determined.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00176528

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@article{Adroer1990MechanismOF, title={Mechanism of formaldehyde biodegradation by Pseudomonas putida}, author={N. Adroer and Celia Casas and Christophe Mas and Carles Sol{\`a}}, journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology}, year={1990}, volume={33}, pages={217-220} }