Rhodococcus opacus strain RW, a resorcinoldegrading bacterium from the gut of Macrotermes michaelseni

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dc.contributor.author Ngugi, David Kamanda
dc.contributor.author Tsanuo, Muniru Khamis
dc.contributor.author Boga, Hamadi Iddi
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-27T12:04:02Z
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-19T07:46:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-27T12:04:02Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-19T07:46:37Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.issn 1684-5315
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1601
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/852
dc.description Full Length Research Paper en_US
dc.description.abstract The population of resorcinol degrading bacteria in the intestinal tract of fungi-cultivating termite, Macrotermes michaelseni, was estimated to be 6.8 × 102 cells/ml. A gram-positive bacterium designated RW, capable of degrading resorcinol, was isolated from the highest positive dilution. Isolate RW could also degrade phenol and benzoic acid aerobically, and anaerobically using nitrate as an electron acceptor. The isolate is a rod-shaped bacterium that exhibited evolutionary relatedness with the genus Rhodococcus, as determined by phenotypic traits and physiological tests, and a 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity value of 99.6% to the closest Rhodococcus opacus strain. On the basis of these results isolate RW is proposed as a new strain in the species R. opacus. The ability of the isolate to degrade resorcinol, phenol and benzoic acid makes it a potential candidate for use in bioremediation of environments contaminated by such or related compounds. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship 1Botany Department, and 2Chemistry Department, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Journals en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Journal of Biotechnology (2005);Vol 4, No 7
dc.source.uri Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJB
dc.subject Rhodococcus opacus en_US
dc.subject resorcinol en_US
dc.subject Macrotermes michaelseni en_US
dc.subject termites en_US
dc.subject bioremediation en_US
dc.subject monoaromatic compounds en_US
dc.title Rhodococcus opacus strain RW, a resorcinoldegrading bacterium from the gut of Macrotermes michaelseni en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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