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Braz J Microbiol. 2012 Oct;43(4):1340-6. doi: 10.1590/S1517-838220120004000015. Epub 2012 Jun 1.

Production of peptide antibiotics by Bacillus sp. GU 057 indigenously isolated from saline soil.

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Gomal Centre of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (GCBB) Gomal University , D.I.Khan (KPK) , Pakistan.


A total of 112 soil samples were taken from differents areas of district D.I.Khan and Kohat (KPK) Pakistan and screened for production of antibiotics against the Micrococcus luteus and Staphylococcus aureus. Widest zone of inhibition (18mm) was produced by microorganism isolated from saline soil. The strain was later identified as Bacillus GU057 by standard biochemical assays. Maximum activity (18mm inhibition zone) was observed against Staphylococcus aureus after 48 hours of incubation at pH 8 and 4% concentration of glucose. The antibiotic was identified by autobiography as bacitracin. The Bacillus strain GU057 was confirmed as good peptide antibiotic producer and can effectively be indulged as biocontrol agent.


Bacillus species; Peptide antibiotics; optimization of parameters; screening

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