Rapid Consumption of Low Concentrations of Methyl Bromide by Soil Bacteria

  title={Rapid Consumption of Low Concentrations of Methyl Bromide by Soil Bacteria},
  author={Mark Edward Hines and Patrick M. Crill and Ruth K. Varner and Robert W. Talbot and Joanne H. Shorter and Charles E. Kolb and Robert Harriss},
  journal={Applied and Environmental Microbiology},
  pages={1864 - 1870}
ABSTRACT A dynamic dilution system for producing low mixing ratios of methyl bromide (MeBr) and a sensitive analytical technique were used to study the uptake of MeBr by various soils. MeBr was removed within minutes from vials incubated with soils and ∼10 parts per billion by volume of MeBr. Killed controls did not consume MeBr, and a mixture of the broad-spectrum antibiotics chloramphenicol and tetracycline inhibited MeBr uptake by 98%, indicating that all of the uptake of MeBr was biological… 
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