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Psychrophilic pseudomonas in antarctic freshwater lake at stornes peninsula, larsemann hills over east Antarctica.

Authors
  • Chauhan, Abhishek
  • Bharti, Pawan K
  • Goyal, Pankaj
  • Varma, Ajit
  • Jindal, Tanu
Type
Published Article
Journal
SpringerPlus
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2015
Volume
4
Pages
582–582
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s40064-015-1354-3
PMID: 26543717
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Larsemann Hills is an ice-free area of approximately 50 km(2), located halfway between the Vestfold Hills and the Amery Ice Shelf on the south-eastern coast of Prydz Bay, Princess Elizabeth Land, East Antarctica (69º30'S, 76º19'58″E). The ice-free area consists of two major peninsulas (Stornes and Broknes), four minor peninsulas, and approximately 130 islands. The Larsemann Hills area contains more than 150 lakes at different Islands and Peninsulas. Nine lake water samples were collected in a gamma sterilized bottles and were kept in an ice pack to prevent any changes in the microbial flora of the samples during the transportation. The water samples were transported to the lab in vertical position maintaining the temperature 1-4 °C with ice pack enveloped conditions. Samples were studied for Psychrophilic bacterial count, Pseudomonas spp., Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella and Total MPN Coliform per 100 ml. Psychrophillic counts were found in the range of 12 cfu to 1.6 × 10(2) cfu in all the samples. MPN Coliform per 100 ml was found to be absent in all the samples. No growth and characteristics colonies observed when tested for Salmonella and S.aureus. Pseudomonas sp. was found in ST-2 lake water sample as characteristics colonies (Optimum Growth) were observed on selective media at 22 and 25 °C. Further several biochemical tests were also performed to confirm the presence of this Potential Psychrophilic Pseudomonas sp. for its further application in Science and Technology.

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