Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 1 Issue 1-2, 1999; Page No.(33-36)

METABOLISM OF ACRYLONITRILE BY ARTHROBACTER SP. H-1

VENKAT S. HAMDE and M.S. ANDHALE

Abstract

A bacterium utilizing acrylonitrile as a sole source of carbon and nitrogen was isolated from soil and identified as the genus Arthrobactcr. The isolate was also capable of utilizing acetonitrile and propionitile as a source of carbon and nitrogen. A metabolite of acrylonitrile was identified as acrylic acid and ammonia. The strain grow best at 30°C, pH 7.0 and substrate concentration 0.2% (w/v). The maximum substrate utilization was observed after 44 hours of incubation.

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