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Environ Microbiol. 2007 Feb;9(2):465-73.

Plant-microbe association for rhizoremediation of chloronitroaromatic pollutants with Comamonas sp. strain CNB-1.

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State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resource, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China.


Comamonas sp. strain CNB-1, isolated from activated sludge and having a strong ability to degrade 4-chloronitrobenzene (4CNB), was applied for rhizoremediation of 4CNB-polluted soil through association with alfalfa. Confocal laser scanning microscopy revealed that strain CNB-1 successfully colonized alfalfa roots. Determination of strain CNB-1 populations by cultivation method and by quantitative competitive PCR technique targeting the chloronitrobenzene nitroreductase gene showed that the population of strain CNB-1 in the rhizosphere was about 10-100 times higher than that in the bulk soil. Gnotobiotic and outdoor experiments showed that pollutant 4CNB was completely removed within 1 or 2 days after 4CNB application into soil, and that its phytotoxicity to alfalfa was eliminated by inoculation of strain CNB-1. Results from PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and analysis of 16S rRNA gene libraries revealed that the indigenous soil microbial community mainly consisted of alphaproteobacteria, betaproteobacteria, gammaproteobacteria, the CFB bacteria (Cytophaga-Flavabacterium-Bacteriodes), and Acidobacteria. This microbial community was not significantly influenced by inoculation of strain CNB-1. Thus, this study has developed a Comamonas-alfalfa system for rhizoremediation of 4CNB.

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