Utilization of catechin byRhizobium sp.
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Rhizobium sp. isolated fromLeucaena leucocephala utilized catechin as sole carbon source. Optimum growth occurred at 2 to 5 mM. From replacement cultures containing catechin, phloroglucinolcarboxylic acid, phloroglucinol, resorcinol, protocatechuate, catechol and hydroxyquinol were separated by chromatography. Rothera's test confirmed theortho ring fission of the end products of catechin.
Key wordsaromatic compounds catechin degradation Leucaena leucocephala Rhizobium tannin
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