Soil washing improves the recovery of total community DNA from polluted and high organic content sediments.

@article{Fortin2004SoilWI,
  title={Soil washing improves the recovery of total community DNA from polluted and high organic content sediments.},
  author={Nathalie Fortin and Danielle Beaumier and Kenneth Lee and Charles W Greer},
  journal={Journal of microbiological methods},
  year={2004},
  volume={56 2},
  pages={181-91}
}
Treatment of soil with surfactants and chelating agents is used in bioremediation studies to desorb and solubilize contaminants to increase their bioavalability to microorganisms. In the same way that pollutants are made more bioavailable to microorganisms, the procedure can be used to remove potential interfering materials from soil prior to cell lysis and extraction of DNA from indigenous microorganisms. The effect of soil washing was evaluated by extracting DNA from sediments of an… CONTINUE READING

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