CHARACTERIZATION OF RUBBER DEGRADING ISOLATES

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December-January, 2012/13, vol. 2, no. 3
pages: 872-885
Article type: Microbiology of Microbiology
Abstract: Sixteen soil samples were screened for the presence of rubber degrading strains. Twenty-five strains displaying clear zone formation on latex agar plates were purified. Identification revealed that twenty three of these isolates were Streptomyces species, one Pseudonocardia species and one Methylibium species. The addition of carbon sources with the exception of tween 80 enhanced extracellular rubber biodegradation. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the isolates were able to colonize and penetrate vulcanized glove rubber.
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