Isolation and characterization of a marine bacterium capable of utilizing 2-methylphenanthrene

M. Gilewicz, Ni'matuzahroh, T. Nadalig, H. Budzinski, P. Doumenq, V. Michotey, J. C. Bertrand

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A marine bacterium isolated from a coastal hydrocarbon-polluted sediment has been described and attributed on the basis of its phenotypic and genotypic characteristics to the genus Sphingomonas sp. This strain was capable of using an alkylated phenanthrene 2-methylphenanthrene as sole source of carbon and energy. In experiments, 2 methylphenanthrene (0.2 g/l) was added as crystals to the culture medium. After 5 days of aerobic growth at 30 °C, 70% was degraded and the complete dissipation occurred after 20 days. Furthermore, the strain could degrade various kinds of polyaromatic compounds, but failed to grow on aliphatic hydrocarbons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-533
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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