Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 15, Issue 2, 2013; Page No.(389-392)

CHARACTERIZATION OF BACILLUS AND MICROCOCCUS SP ISOLATED FROM COAL MINE SOIL

V. REKHA, DHANALAKSHMI AND K. SUDHA

Abstract

The coal mining activity is characterized by the generation of large amount of by-products. Due to this anthropogenic activity the environment becomes acidic in nature and loaded with heavy metals. So an attempt was made to isolate the microorganisms that are able to survive under this condition which may be of great interest as bioremediation agents. The aim of this work was to isolate and identify bacteria from soil samples collected from coal mining area in Neyveli Lignite Corporation, India. Morphological features and biochemical characteristics of isolates were studied. Molecular characterization revealed that the strains were phylogenetically closely related to species which belong to species of genus Bacillus and Micrococcus.

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