Occurrence of Plasmids in the Aromatic Degrading Bacterioplankton of the Baltic Sea

  title={Occurrence of Plasmids in the Aromatic Degrading Bacterioplankton of the Baltic Sea},
  author={Jekaterina Jutkina and Eeva Heinaru and Eve Vedler and Jaanis Juhanson and Ain Heinaru},
Plasmids are mobile genetic elements that provide their hosts with many beneficial traits including in some cases the ability to degrade different aromatic compounds. To fulfill the knowledge gap regarding catabolic plasmids of the Baltic Sea water, a total of 209 biodegrading bacterial strains were isolated and screened for the presence of these mobile genetic elements. We found that both large and small plasmids are common in the cultivable Baltic Sea bacterioplankton and are particularly… CONTINUE READING

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