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Arch Microbiol. 1990;154(4):336-41.

Isolation and characterization of a bacterium that mineralizes toluene in the absence of molecular oxygen.

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Swiss Federal Institute for Water Resources and Water Pollution Control, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland.

Abstract

A bacterium tentatively identified as a Pseudomonas sp. was isolated from a laboratory aquifer column in which toluene was degraded under denitrifying conditions. The organism mineralized toluene in pure culture in the absence of molecular oxygen. In carbon balance studies using [ring-UL-14C]toluene, more than 50% of the radioactivity was recovered as 14CO2. Nitrate and nitrous oxide served as electron acceptors for toluene mineralization. The organism was also able to degrade m-xylene, benzoate, benzaldehyde, p-cresol, p-hydroxy-benzaldehyde, p-hydroxybenzoate and cyclohexanecarboxylic acid in the absence of molecular oxygen.

PMID:
2244785
DOI:
10.1007/bf00276528
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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