alexa Bacillus cereus Mediated Ɛ-Caprolactam Degradation: An Initiative for Waste Water Treatment of Nylon-6 Production Plant
ISSN: 2155-6199

Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation
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Research Article

Bacillus cereus Mediated Ɛ-Caprolactam Degradation: An Initiative for Waste Water Treatment of Nylon-6 Production Plant

Mehta SK, Panchal PA, Butala BN and Sane SA*
Department of Biotechnology, Research and Development Centre, Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited, Vadodara-391750, India
Corresponding Author : Sane SA
Department of Biotechnology
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GSFC Ltd., Vadodara 391750, India
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Received May 14, 2014; Accepted June 05, 2014; Published June 09, 2014
Citation: Mehta SK, Panchal PA, Butala BN, Sane SA (2014) Bacillus cereus Mediated ε-Caprolactam Degradation: An Initiative for Waste Water Treatment of Nylon-6 Production Plant. J Bioremed Biodeg 5:230. doi:10.4172/2155-6199.1000230
Copyright: © 2014 Mehta SK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Present study focuses on isolation, characterization and application of a novel bacterial strain for biological treatment of waste water from Nylon 6 production plant of Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals (GSFC), Vadodara. This microbe was isolated by applying basal synthetic medium containing Ɛ-caprolactam (precursor of Nylon-6 polymer) as a sole source of carbon and nitrogen. It was identified as Bacillus cereus strain YH-10 on the basis of primary characterization followed by 16s ribosomal RNA gene analysis. This strain has very high tolerance for Ɛ-caprolactam (3.5%) compared to other reported Ɛ-caprolactam -degrading microbes. It degrades 91% and 83.3% Ɛ-caprolactam of synthetic media and Nylon-6 Waste water, respectively in 96 hrs. Ɛ-caprolactam degradation was calculated by analyzing unutilized Ɛ-caprolactam concentration in the samples using liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (LC-MS/MS) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) analysis. Based on these observations, biological treatment of waste water from Nylon-6 plant is envisaged utilizing minimum resources.

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