Selection of xenobiotic-degrading microorganisms in a biphasic aqueous-organic system.

  title={Selection of xenobiotic-degrading microorganisms in a biphasic aqueous-organic system.},
  author={M. A. Asc{\'o}n-Cabrera and Jean M. Lebeault},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={59 6},
Microbial selection on mixtures of chlorinated and nonchlorinated compounds that are poorly soluble in water and/or toxic to growing microbial cells was examined in both biphasic aqueous-organic and monophasic aqueous systems. A biphasic system in which silicone oil was used as the organic phase permitted the acceleration of acclimation, leading to rapid selection and to an increase in xenobiotic compound degradation. In contrast, acclimation, selection, and degradation were very slow in the… CONTINUE READING


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