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Nat Rev Microbiol. 2009 Feb;7(2):156-64. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro2050. Epub 2008 Dec 22.

Organophosphorus-degrading bacteria: ecology and industrial applications.

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Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen AB158QH, UK. b.singh@macaulay.ac.uk

Abstract

The first organophosphorus (OP) compound-degrading bacterial strain was isolated from a paddy field in the Philippines in 1973. Since then, several phylogenetically distinct bacteria that can degrade OP by co-metabolism, or use OPs as a source of carbon, phosphorus or nitrogen, have been isolated from different parts of the world. There is huge potential for industrial applications of OP-degrading bacteria. Important advances in our understanding of the microbiology, genomics and evolution of OP-degrading bacteria have been made over the past four decades, and are discussed in this review.

PMID:
19098922
DOI:
10.1038/nrmicro2050
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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