Author(s): Lopes Ferreira N, Maciel H, Mathis H, Monot F, FayolleGuichard F,
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Abstract A new Mycobacterium austroafricanum strain, IFP 2015, growing on methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) as a sole carbon source was isolated from an MTBE-degrading microcosm inoculated with drain water of an MTBE-supplemented gasoline storage tank. M. austroafricanum IFP 2015 was able to grow on tert-butyl formate, tert-butyl alcohol (TBA) and alpha-hydroxyisobutyrate. 2-Methyl-1,2-propanediol was identified as the TBA oxidation product in M. austroafricanum IFP 2015 and in the previously isolated M. austroafricanum IFP 2012. M. austroafricanum IFP 2015 also degraded ethyl tert-butyl ether more rapidly than M. austroafricanum IFP 2012. Specific primers designed to monitor the presence of M. austroafricanum strains could be used as molecular tools to detect similar strains in MTBE-contaminated environment.
This article was published in Appl Microbiol Biotechnol
and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation