A simple and effective plating method to screen polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria under various redox conditions

Title
A simple and effective plating method to screen polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria under various redox conditions
Authors
엄영순장욱Tracey P. Holoman
Keywords
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon; anaerobic; aerobic; degradation; Biodegradation; Screening method; Anaerobic condition
Issue Date
2010-09
Publisher
Applied microbiology and biotechnology
Citation
VOL 88, NO 1, 291-297
Abstract
Agar plates with a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) layer have been used to screen for microorganisms that degrade PAHs, leaving clear zones around colonies; however, there are several problems with previous methods such as undesired contamination in the fume hood and difficulty in controlling the amount of PAH on the plates. In this study, we developed a modified screening method to address the drawbacks encountered with previous screening methods. A uniform white layer of PAHs was generated by spreading PAHs dissolved in volatile solvents over a surface of solidified agar medium, followed by the evaporation of the solvents. An inoculation was then performed by spreading a molten agar medium containing microbial samples over the solidified agar medium with a PAH layer. Subsequently, the white PAH layer migrated to the surface of the molten agar medium. This essential modification enabled us not only to solve problems of the previous screening methods but also to prepare an agar plate with a PAH layer without a complicated experimental scheme in the anaerobic chamber. After solidification of the molten agar medium and incubation of the plates, clear zones were successfully detected around colonies with aerobic and anaerobic PAH-degrading microbial cultures.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/37855
ISSN
0175-7598
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