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Appl Environ Microbiol. Oct 1997; 63(10): 4111–4115.
PMCID: PMC168726

Chemotaxis of Pseudomonas spp. to the polyaromatic hydrocarbon naphthalene.

Abstract

Two naphthalene-degrading bacteria, Pseudomonas putida G7 and Pseudomonas sp. strain NCIB 9816-4, were chemotactically attracted to naphthalene in drop assays and modified capillary assays. Growth on naphthalene or salicylate induced the chemotactic response. P. putida G7 was also chemotactic to biphenyl; other polyaromatic hydrocarbons that were tested did not appear to be chemoattractants for either Pseudomonas strain. Strains that were cured of the naphthalene degradation plasmid were not attracted to naphthalene.

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