Microbial Ecology

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 1–20 | Cite as

Catabolic plasmids of environmental and ecological significance

  • Gary S. Sayler
  • Scott W. Hooper
  • Alice C. Layton
  • J. M. Henry King
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The environmental and ecological significance of catabolic plasmids and their host strains are discussed in the context of their potential application for environmental biotechnology. Included is a comprehensive list of naturally occurring discrete catabolic plasmids isolated from either natural habitats or selective enrichment studies. General properties, such as plasmid maintenance, stability and transfer, are discussed together with the techniques for plasmid detection and monitoring in the environment. The issues concerning the construction of catabolic strains with new or broader substrate ranges and the uses of monocultures or consortia for in situ treatment are addressed.


Potential Application Nature Conservation Natural Habitat General Property Comprehensive List 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary S. Sayler
    • 1
  • Scott W. Hooper
    • 1
  • Alice C. Layton
    • 1
  • J. M. Henry King
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, Graduate Program in Ecology, and Center for Environmental BiotechnologyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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