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Dynamic changes in functional gene copy numbers and microbial communities during degradation of pyrene in soils.

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  • Jing-Jing Peng
  • Chao Cai
  • Min Qiao
  • Hong Li
  • Yong-Guan Zhu
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Environmental Pollution
Issue number9
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)2872-2879
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This study investigates the dynamics of pyrene degradation rates, microbial communities, and functional gene copy numbers during the incubation of pyrene-spiked soils. Spiking pyrene to the soil was found to have negligible effects on the bacterial community present. Our results demonstrated that there was a signi fi cant difference in nidA gene copy numbers between sampling dates in QZ soil. Mycobacterium 16S rDNA clone libraries showed that more than 90% mycobacteria detected were closely related to fast- growing PAH-degrading Mycobacterium in pyrene-spiked soil, while other sequences related to slow-growing Mycobacterium were only detected in the control soil. It is suggested that nidA gene copy number and fast-growing PAH-degrading Mycobacterium could be used as indicators to predict pyrene contamination and its degradation activity in soils.