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Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 872–876 | Cite as

Degradation of phosphonates by streptomycete isolates

  • A. Obojska
  • B. Lejczak
  • M. Kubrak
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Abstract

Wild-type Streptomyces sp. strains, able to utilise both naturally occurring and synthetic organophosphonates, were isolated. High levels of inorganic phosphate were necessary for their growth in complete medium as well as in medium, supplemented with phosphonates as the sole carbon or nitrogen source. Isolate StA expressed detectable enzymatic activity against 2-aminoethylphosphonate in vivo. Streptomycete StC had a surprising ability to degrade N-phosphonomethylglycine (glyphosate) in a phosphate-independent manner via C–P bond cleavage accompanied by sarcosine formation.

Keywords

Nitrogen Inorganic Phosphate Enzymatic Activity Streptomyces Nitrogen Source 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Obojska
    • 1
  • B. Lejczak
    • 1
  • M. Kubrak
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw, Poland e-mail: lejczak@kchf.ch.pwr.wroc.pl Fax: +4871/328 40 64PL

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