Microbial growth on hydrocarbons: terminal branching inhibits biodegradation

@article{Schaeffer1979MicrobialGO,
  title={Microbial growth on hydrocarbons: terminal branching inhibits biodegradation},
  author={T. Schaeffer and S. Cantwell and J. Brown and D. Watt and R. Fall},
  journal={Applied and Environmental Microbiology},
  year={1979},
  volume={38},
  pages={742 - 746}
}
A variety of octane-utilizing bacteria and fungi were screened for growth on some terminally branched dimethyloctane derivatives to explore the effects of iso- and anteiso-termini on the biodegradability of such hydrocarbons. Of 27 microbial strains tested, only 9 were found to use any of the branched hydrocarbons tested as a sole carbon source, and then only those hydrocarbons containing at least one iso-terminus were susceptible to degradation. Anteiso-or isopropenyl termini prevented… Expand
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