Escherichia hermanii-a new bacterial strain for chlorobenzene degradation

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A new bacterial strain capable of chlorobenzene degradation has been isolated from sludge of an industrial wastewater treatment plant. The micro-organism is short, rod-shaped, Gram-negative, yellow-pigmented and has been identified as Escherichia hermanii. It was observed that high chlorobenzene concentrations (up to 394 mg l−1) had low toxic effects towards this strain, which was able to degrade chlorobenzene without any previous adaptation.

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