Failure to recover Bacillus thuringiensis from the Lutzow-Holm Bay region of Antarctica

N. Wasano, S. Imura, M. Ohba

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    Abstract

    A total of 65 samples, consisting of 19 floral materials and 46 soil samples, collected from a coastal area of Lutzow-Holm Bay on the Antarctic sub-continent, mere examined for the presence of Bacillus thuringiensis. The frequency of samples containing aerobic spore-forming bacteria was 41.5% and most of the sporeformers were not allied to the B. cereus group. Only one sample from a floating mat of blue-green algae contained B. cereus-like sporeformers. However, there was no evidence for the formation of parasporal inclusions in these isolates. The result suggests that the natural microflora of antarctica may lack B. thuringiensis, a mesophile widely distributed in other environments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-51
    Number of pages3
    JournalLetters in Applied Microbiology
    Volume28
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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