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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1995 Mar 15;127(1-2):51-5.

Degradation of trichlorophenols by Alcaligenes eutrophus JMP134.

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Laboratorio de Microbiología, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, P. Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago.


The degradation of chlorophenols by Alcaligenes eutrophus JMP134 (pJP4) was studied. The strain grew on 2,4,6-trichlorophenol or 2,4,6-tribromophenol as the sole carbon and energy source. Complete degradation of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol was confirmed by chloride release and gas chromatography analysis of supernatants from growth cultures. The 2,3,5-, 2,3,4-, 2,3,6- and 2,4,5-isomers of trichlorophenol did not support growth. However, up to 40% of 2,4,5-trichlorophenol was mineralized during growth of A. eutrophus on chemostats fed with either phenol (0.4 mM) or 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (0.4 mM) plus 2,4,5-trichlorophenol (0.1 mM). Growth on 2,4,6-trihalophenols was also observed in A. eutrophus JMP222, the strain lacking pJP4, suggesting that this new degradative ability reported for A. eutrophus is not related to pJP4 encoded catabolic functions.

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