Journal article

New insights into the genetic and metabolic diversity of thiocyanate-degrading microbial consortia

Mathew P Watts, John W Moreau

APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2016

Abstract

Thiocyanate is a common contaminant of the gold mining and coal coking industries for which biological degradation generally represents the most viable approach to remediation. Recent studies of thiocyanate-degrading bioreactor systems have revealed new information on the structure and metabolic activity of thiocyanate-degrading microbial consortia. Previous knowledge was limited primarily to pure-culture or co-culture studies in which the effects of linked carbon, sulfur and nitrogen cycling could not be fully understood. High throughput sequencing, DNA fingerprinting and targeted gene amplification have now elucidated the genetic and metabolic diversity of these complex microbial consortia..

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