Indian Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 128–133 | Cite as

Microbial biodiversity and in situ bioremediation of endosulfan contaminated soil

Original Article


Molecular characterization based on 16s rDNA gene sequence analysis of bacterial colonies isolated from endosulfan contaminated soil showed the presence of Ochrobacterum sp, Burkholderia sp, Pseudomonas alcaligenes, Pseudomonas sp and Arthrobacter sp which degraded 57–90% of α-endosulfan and 74–94% of β-endosulfan after 7days. Whole cells of Pseudomonas sp and Pseudomonas alcaligenes showed 94 and 89% uptake of α-isomer and 86 and 89% of β-endosulfan respectively in 120 min. In Pseudomonas sp, endosulfan sulfate was the major metabolite detected during the degradation of α-isomer, with minor amount of endosulfan diol while in Pseudomonas alcaligenes endosulfan diol was the only product during α-endosulfan degradation. Whole cells of Pseudomonas sp also utilized 83% of endosulfan sulfate in 120 min. In situ applications of the defined consortium consisting of Pseudomonas alcaligenes and Pseudomonas sp (1:1) in plots contaminated with endosulfan showed that 80% of α-endosulfan and 65% of β-endosulfan was degraded after 12 weeks of incubation. Endosulfan sulfate formed during endosulfan degradation was subsequently degraded to unknown metabolites. ERIC-PCR analysis indicated 80% survival of introduced population of Pseudomonas alcaligenes and Pseudomonas sp in treated plots.


Endosulfan degradation metabolites endosulfan sulfate endosulfan diol Pseudomonas sp Pseudomonas alcaligenes ERIC-PCR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology and BioinformaticsNIIT Institute of Information TechnologyNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Biotechnology and Environmental SciencesThapar Institute of Engineering and TechnologyPatialaIndia

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