Manipulation of Methanotrophs
Recent studies of methane-oxidizing bacteria (methanotrophs) have demonstrated their ability to oxidize a variety of hydrocarbons (1). This capability has prompted much study into the possible use of these bacteria as biocatalysts, and a number of patents have appeared with this goal in mind. Although methanotrophs can clearly transform a variety of hydrocarbons under laboratory conditions, the significance of these capabilities in the biosphere is uncertain. These bacteria are ubiquitous, and if they carry out these oxidations in natural environments they may make significant contributions to hydrocarbon degradation. In addition, if their unique capabilities could be harnessed, it is possible they could be used for developing detoxification processes.
KeywordsBenzyl Alcohol Yersinia Enterocolitica Hydrocarbon Degradation Methanotrophic Bacterium Oxide Styrene
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