Isolation of microorganisms able to metabolize purified natural rubber

Rod Martin Heisey, S. Papadatos

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Abstract

Bacteria able to grow on purified natural rubber in the absence of other organic carbon sources were isolated from soil. Ten isolates reduced the weight of vulcanized rubber from latex gloves by > 10% in 6 weeks. Scanning electron microscopy clearly revealed the ability of the microorganisms to colonize, penetrate, and dramatically alter the physical structure of the rubber. The rubber-metabolizing bacteria were identified on the basis of fatty acid profiles and cell wall characteristics. Seven isolates were strains of Streptomyces, two were strains of Amycolatopsis, and one was a strain of Nocardia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3092-3097
Number of pages6
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume61
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1995

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Rubber
rubber
microorganism
microorganisms
Amycolatopsis
Bacteria
Nocardia
bacterium
Streptomyces
bacteria
latex
Electron Scanning Microscopy
Cell Wall
scanning electron microscopy
Fatty Acids
fatty acid
Soil
Carbon
fatty acid composition
organic carbon

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Microbiology

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Heisey, Rod Martin ; Papadatos, S. / Isolation of microorganisms able to metabolize purified natural rubber. In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 1995 ; Vol. 61, No. 8. pp. 3092-3097.
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