Biodegradation of Formaldehyde by a Formaldehyde-Resistant Bacterium Isolated from Seawater

  • Tomohioko Yamazaki
  • Wakako Tsugawa
  • Koji Sode
Part of the ABAB Symposium book series (ABAB)


A formaldehyde-tolerant bacterium designated as a DM-2 strain was used to biodegrade formaldehyde. The cells, precultivated in the presence of 400 ppm of formaldehyde, were able to degrade formaldehyde in a minimal medium supplemented with up to 400 ppm of formaldehyde in the presence of 3% NaCl. The rate of formaldehyde degradation achieved in this study was 45 ppm/h when the DM-2 culture’s optical density at 660 nm was 1.2.

Index Entries

Biodegradation formaldehyde marine bacterium screening 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyTokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyKoganei, TokyoJapan

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