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Study of the biodegradation of poly-branched alkanes by a marine bacterial community

Authors
Journal
Marine Chemistry
0304-4203
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0304-4203(86)90039-3
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract A new mechanism of direct oxidation at the third carbon atom, previously described during the biodegradation of pristane by a marine bacterial community, has been confirmed on a compound which is α-disubstituted at both ends (2,2,4,4,6,8,8-heptamethylnonane). This mechanism allows consideration of the biodegradation of substrates said to be biologically recalcitrant.

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