ISOLATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF PESTICIDE DEGRADING BACTERIA FROM SOIL SAMPLESR. SHARMA, G. KAUR, R.K. VERMA AND A. SHARMA
Pesticides play an important role in crop yield improvement in agriculture. The continuous use of pesticides in fields is proving to be harmful as some pesticides persist in soil for longer time and enter the food chain affecting animals and humans. Bioremediation is an emerging field for clearance of pesticide residues in agriculture field by utilizing microbes for the degradation of harmful pesticides. The isolation and characterization of pesticide degrading bacteria from soil samples was carried out in the present study. A bacteria capable of degrading Dimethoate & Cypermethrin (Cyper 25) was isolated. The isolation of newer microbes with potential to degrade pesticides presents a platform to develop a greener and ecofriendly approach to detoxify the present environment.
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