The complete degradation of acetanilide by a consortium of microbes isolated from River Maros

Lóránt Hatvani, László Manczinger, Tamás Marik, Szilvia Bajkán, Lívia Vidács, Ottó Bencsik, András Szekeres, Isidora Radulov, Lucian Nita, Csaba Vágvölgyi

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Chemical pollutants occurring in rivers may have severe effects on human health along with being harmful to the environment. Bioaugmentation is a potential tool for the removal of xenobiotics from soil and water therefore the objectives of this study were the isolation, identification and characterization of microbes with acetanilide- and aniline-degrading properties from the River Maros. Microbes isolated on minimal media containing acetanilide or aniline-HCl as a sole carbon and nitrogen source were considered as acetanilide- or anilinedegraders. The decomposition of acetanilide and aniline were followed by High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). An acetanilide-degrading bacterium, identified as Rhodococcus erythropolis, was able to convert acetanilide to aniline, which was further decomposed by the fungal isolate Aspergillus ustus when the two microbes were co-cultivated in a minimal medium containing acetanilide as a sole carbon and nitrogen source. The strains isolated in this study might be used in approaches addressing the biodegradation of acetanilide and aniline in the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalActa Biologica Szegediensis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • Aspergillusustus
  • Bioaugmentation
  • Rhodococcus erythropolis
  • Xenobiotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Hatvani, L., Manczinger, L., Marik, T., Bajkán, S., Vidács, L., Bencsik, O., Szekeres, A., Radulov, I., Nita, L., & Vágvölgyi, C. (2013). The complete degradation of acetanilide by a consortium of microbes isolated from River Maros. Acta Biologica Szegediensis, 57(2), 117-120.