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Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 1982;48(3):229-43.

Multiplication of fluorescent pseudomonads at low substrate concentrations in tap water.


Two fluorescent pseudomonads, strains P17 and P500, belonging to different biotypes were tested for growth in tap water supplied with different concentration of acetate and glutamate, low concentrations (10 and 20 micrograms of C per liter) of various other substrates and mixtures of related substrates, the latter being present in amounts of 1 microgram of C per liter each. Amino acids appeared to be excellent substrates for both isolates, but many other substrates were utilized at very low concentrations as well. Saturation constants (Ks) of P17 with acetate, arginine, aspartate, glutamate, lactate, succinate, malonate, p-hydroxybenzoate and glucose were all below 1 microM. The Ks values of strain P500 were about 5 times larger than those of P17. Since especially P17 is able to use a large number of different substrates at low concentrations, assessment of maximal colony counts of this organism by growth experiments in various types of tap water may give information about the concentrations of easily assimilable organic carbon.

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