Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 43–50

Isolation, identification and characterization of fluoride resistant bacteria: Possible role in bioremediation


DOI: 10.1134/S0003683812010036

Cite this article as:
Chouhan, S., Tuteja, U. & Flora, S.J.S. Appl Biochem Microbiol (2012) 48: 43. doi:10.1134/S0003683812010036


Microorganisms found in industrial effluents and near the sites of the contamination can be used to indicate pollution and detoxify the contaminated water resources. Emergence of xenobiotic resistant bacteria among them might be potential application in bioremediation. The objective of this study was to isolate and characterize fluoride resistant bacteria from soil and water samples of different regions of India. Five isolates were recovered from different samples which were found to be fluoride resistant. Two of them effectively reduced the fluoride from their media. Through the current study it can be predicted that fluoride pollution results in selective pressure that leads to the development of fluoride resistant among bacterial populations, probably through the mechanism which involved high affinity anion binding compounds called ionophores. Resistant microbes may play a bioremediative role by transforming and concentrating these anions so that they are less available and less dangerous.

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pharmacology and ToxicologyDefence Research and Development EstablishmentGwaliorIndia
  2. 2.Division of MicrobiologyDefence Research and Development EstablishmentGwaliorIndia

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