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Isolation of bacteria from acidic peat swamp forest soil and their lignin degradation potential

Mohamad Roslan, Muhamad Aidilfitri and Amirudin, Nur Azam and Zainal Abidin, Zaima Azira and Mohd Omar, Suhaila (2015) Isolation of bacteria from acidic peat swamp forest soil and their lignin degradation potential. In: International Conference on Advancement in Science and Technology (iCAST 2015) - ‘Frontiers in Biotechnology’, 10th-12th August 2015, Cherating, Pahang. (Unpublished)

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The tropical peat swamp forest in Malaysia has reduced significantly due to increasing pressure for development and demand for agricultural land. Pekan peat swamp forest is part of the 200,000 hectares of peat swamp forest located in Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. While more extensive study were done on flora and fauna, the study on microbial diversity in this habitat is very limited. The highly acidic environment, low concentrations of nutrients and anoxic condition of the peat are among challenges that hampered the cultivation of microorganism from this environment. In this study two types of agar-based medium, M1 minimal medium and peat agar supplemented with glucose, methanol and lignin were used to isolate bacteria from the peat sediment. In comparison to M1 minimal medium, the use of peat agar has resulted with higher number of isolates with different morphologies. The peat agar mainly contains the acidic peat water that was collected from the sampling location. Based on the growth on medium supplemented with lignin selected isolates were identified using 16s rDNA sequencing. At least three of the isolates showed sequence similarity to Burkholderia species which is one of the common species studied on their ligninase-producing abilities. The results from this study serve as the preliminary data for further work on growth characteristics and enzymatic potential of isolates from acidic peat swamp sediment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: 4416/49226
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peat swamp forest; acidic environment; bacteria; 16s rDNA analysis; lignin degradation
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Biotechnology
Depositing User: Dr Suhaila Mohd Omar
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 11:29
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2017 11:29
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/49226

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