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Prikl Biokhim Mikrobiol. 2002 Mar-Apr;38(2):136-9.

[Bacterial succession on n-alkanes under the conditions of sulfate reduction].

[Article in Russian]

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Moscow State University, Department of Biology, Moscow, 119899 Russia.


The dynamics of species composition of a hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteriocenosis of a ground suspension of Mozhaisk Reservoir has been studied. The bacteriocenosis was undergoing development in a paraffin film (model association composed of sulfate-reducing bacteria and hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria). The type of bacterial succession did not depend on the depth, from which ground samples were collected. Two microbial species (Pseudomonas sp. and Arthrobacter globiformis) were absolutely dominant. Pseudomonas sp. was dominant at the early and intermediate stages of the succession, whereas A. globiformis was present in the hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteriocenosis throughout the whole period of the succession. There was a trend toward a gradual increase in the ratio of A. globiformis, and, by the end of the experiment, Pseudomonas sp. was replaced by A. globiformis almost completely. The bacterial species Micrococcus sp. and Rhodococcus erythropolis were minor components of the hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteriocenosis under the conditions of sulfate reduction. The succession of species of hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria in the paraffin film of the model association reflects both the life strategy of the bacterial species under study and the degree of their tolerance to products of sulfate reduction.

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