Pseudomonas putida Cleans Organic Pollutants in Soil

DECODING A USEFUL BACTERIUM

Scientists at The Institute for Genomic Research and four centers in Germany have decoded the genome of Pseudomonas putida, a bacterium that could help clean up organic pollutants in soil, promote plant growth and fight plant diseases.

P. putida is a fast-growing bacterium found in most temperate soil and water habitats where oxygen is present. It can colonize the root area of crop plants so researchers want to use it in bioengineering research to develop biopesticides and plant growth promoters.

The bacterium has a diverse metabolism capable of remediating toxic organic pollutants, such as aliphatic or aromatic hydrocarbons. The genome analysis found P. putida has a single circular chromosome with nearly 6.2 million DNA base pairs.

Thanks to: UPI 11/02 and ArcMax.com

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