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    Abstract - Issue Jul 2015, 36 (4)                                     Back

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Biodegradation of furfural by Bacillus subtilis strain DS3


Dan Zheng, Jianguo Bao* and Jueming Lu and Quanxi Lv

State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, People's Republic of China

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 Publication Data

Paper received:

21 May 2014


Revised received:

30 September 2014


Re-revised received:

01 January 2015



07 February 2015



An aerobic bacterial strain DS3, capable of growing on furfural as sole carbon source, was isolated from actived sludge of wastewater treatment plant in a diosgenin factory after enrichment. Based on morphological physiological tests as well as 16SrDNA sequence and Biolog analyses it was identified as Bacillus subtilis. The study revealed that strain DS3 utilized furfural, as analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Under following conditions: pH 8.0, temperature 35, 150 rpm and 10% inoculum, strain DS3 showed 31.2% furfural degradation. Furthermore, DS3 strain was found to tolerate furfural concentration as high as 6000 mgl-1. The ability of Bacillus subtilis strain DS3 to degrade furfural has been demonstrated for the first time in the present study. ?  



 Key words

Bacillus subtilis, Biodegradation, Furfural 



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