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Isolation and Characterization of Naphthalene Degrading Soil Bacteria

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Biotechnology, Carmel College for Women, Nuvem, Goa, India
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Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 5, Issue (4), Pages 64-68, April,10 (2016)


Naphthalene is a type of poly aromatic hydrocarbon that is associated with environmental pollution. Microorganisms are capable of degrading such pollutants because of the metabolic system mainly consisting of the enzymes present in them. Certain bacteria are very efficient to degrade such pollutants and hence this study focuses on isolation of such bacteria and using the same to degrade the environmental pollutant naphthalene. The soil samples were collected from oil contaminated sites and potential bacteria were isolated. These isolates were further characterized upto the genus level using morphological and biochemical tests. In the present study the isolates capable of degrading naphthalene were identified as Acinetobacter sps. (I), Pseudomonas sps.(II), Staphylococcus sps. (III), Bacillus sps. (IV), Alcaligenes sps. (V), Arthrobacter sps. (IV), Micrococcus sps. (VII), Janibacter sps. (VIII), Clostridium sps. (IX) and Pseudomonas sps. (X).


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