Plant and Soil

, Volume 84, Issue 3, pp 445–449 | Cite as

Enhanced degradation of carbofuran byPseudomonas cepacia andNocardia sp. in the presence of growth factors

  • K. Venkateswarlu
  • N. Sethunathan
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Pseudomonas cepacia and aNocardia sp., isolated from flooded alluvial soil amended with carbofuran, metabolized ring-14C-carbofuran fairly rapidly in mineral salts medium or soil extract, supplemented with yeast extract. When the two isolates were incubated with soil extract together with 500 μg ml−1 yeast extract, about 40 to 62% of the radioactivity was recovered as water-soluble products. The degradation of carbofuran byNocardia sp. led to the formation of coloured, water-soluble and non-extractable metabolites.

Key words

Carbofuran Degradation Nocardia sp. Pseudomonas cepacia Soil extract Yeast extract 


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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Venkateswarlu
    • 1
  • N. Sethunathan
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Soil MicrobiologyCentral Rice Research InstituteCuttackIndia

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