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Chemistry and Ecology
28, No. 2, 2012; Pages: 193 - 203

Characterisation and identification of carbofuran-utilising bacteria isolated from agricultural soil

R. A.I. Abou-Shanab, M. A. Khalafallah, N. F. Emam, M. A. Aly, S. A. Abou-Sdera and I. A. Matter


A total of 96 bacterial cultures were isolated from soil. Seventeen bacterial isolates were selected following their cultivation on solid media containing 100 mg · L−1 carbofuran as the sole source of carbon and nitrogen. Of the 17 isolates, 10F, 11M, 17N, 23B and 26M were specifically chosen because of their relatively higher growth efficiency and genetic diversity based on Box-polymerase chain reaction analysis. These bacterial cultures had 16S rRNA gene sequences that were most similar to Acinetobacter baumannii (10F), Agrobacterium tumefaciens (11M), Ochrobactrum anthropi (17N), Escherichia coli (23B) and Agrobacterium tumefaciens (26M) with 97, 95, 93, 95 and 94% similarity in their 16S rDNA gene sequence, respectively. Degradation rates of carbofuran in soil inoculated with these isolates were 1.9, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 1.6 times, respectively, faster in comparison with uninoculated soil after 10 days of incubation. The maximum degradation rates of carbofuran (45 and 91%) were detected in soil inoculated with A. baumannii (10F) after 10 and 20 days’ incubation, respectively. These data indicate that these isolates may have the potential for use in bioremediation of pesticide contaminated soil.

Keywords: soil bacteria, Box-PCR, 16S rDNA, carbofuran, biodegradation



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