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Anaerobic degradation of 4-methylbenzoate by a newly isolated denitrifying bacterium, strain pMbN1

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A novel alphaproteobacterium isolated from freshwater sediments, strain pMbN1, degrades 4-methylbenzoate to CO(2) under nitrate-reducing conditions. While strain pMbN1 utilizes several benzoate derivatives and other polar aromatic compounds, it cannot degrade p-xylene or other hydrocarbons. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strain pMbN1 is affiliated with the genus Magnetospirillum.

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Author(s): Lahme S, Harder J, Rabus R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Year: 2012

Volume: 78

Issue: 5

Pages: 1606-1610

Print publication date: 16/12/2011

ISSN (print): 0099-2240

ISSN (electronic): 1098-5336

Publisher: American Society for Microbiology


DOI: 10.1128/AEM.06552-11

PubMed id: 22179254


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