Detection, Identification and Characterization of Some Heavy Metals Tolerant Bacteria
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hussein H Abulreesh
Department of Biology, Faculty of Applied Science
Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date May 14, 2016; Accepted date May 25, 2016; Published date June 04, 2016
Citation: Mihdhir AA, Assaeedi ASA, Abulreesh HH, Osman GEH (2016) Detection, Identification and Characterization of Some Heavy Metals Tolerant Bacteria. J Microb Biochem Technol 8:226-230. doi: 10.4172/1948-5948.1000290
Copyright: ©2016 Mihdhir AA, 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.
The threat of heavy metals pollution to public health and wildlife has led to an increased interest in developing systems that can remove or neutralize its toxic effects in industrial effluents and municipal wastewater. Tolerance to a range of heavy metal ions was determined for bacteria which had been isolated from wastewater collected from Makkah city, Saudi Arabia. Isolates were tolerant to cupper, cadmium, zinc, and cobalt although the levels of tolerance to the different concentrations of metal ions were specific for each isolate. One isolate was able to tolerate all four metal ions tested; phenotypic and genotypic investigation revealed that isolate (S7) resembled similarities with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The results of this study showed the potential applicability of the isolated heavy metal-tolerant strain Pseudomonas aeruginosa (S7) in the treatment of heavy metal containing solutions. Further studies on the genomic structure of isolate (S7) are required to investigate its capabilities to remove/reduce heavy metals in contaminated microcosms.