, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 63-69
Date: 08 Jun 2010

Degradation of pentachlorophenol by Kocuria sp. CL2 isolated from secondary sludge of pulp and paper mill

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Abstract

A pentachlorophenol (PCP) degrading bacterium was isolated and characterized from sludge of pulp and paper mill. This isolate used PCP as its sole source of carbon and energy and was capable of degrading this compound, as indicated by stoichiometric release of chloride and biomass formation. Based on morphology, biochemical tests, and 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis this strain was identified as Kocuria sp. CL2. High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) analysis revealed that this strain was able to degrade PCP up to a concentration of 600 mg/l. This is first time we are reporting the degradation of PCP by the Kocuria species. This isolate was also able to remove 58.64% of PCP from the sludge within two weeks. This study showed that the removal efficiency of PCP by CL2 was found to be very effective and can be used in degradation of PCP containing pulp paper mill waste in the environment.