We have previously reported the disappearance of a specific strain degrading chlorobenzene from a functionally stable bioreactor. In the present work, we investigated this species succession and isolated a new dominant strain, identified as Pandoraea pnomenusa sp. strain MCB032. A specific 16S rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probe was designed and validated to identify strain MCB032 using fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH). The results confirmed the presence of strain MCB032 in samples collected over time, and showed that it was primarily located within the biofilm. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) provided evidence that the species succession occurred early in the operating period. The application of these biomolecular tools highlighted the remarkable stability of this new strain during the 15 months of reactor operation. The succession was attributed to the competitive kinetic behaviour of strain MCB032, which exhibited faster growth (μ = 0.34 h) and higher substrate affinity (K = 0.35 mg L) than strain JS150. Finally, this study contributed to the characterisation of the recently established Pandoraea genus, an emerging group in the biodegradation field.
Baptista, I. I. R., Emanuelsson, E. A. C., Peeva, L. G., Mantalaris, A., Livingston, A. G., Zhou, N. Y., & Leak, D. J. (2008). Evidence of species succession during chlorobenzene biodegradation. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 99(1), 68-74. https://doi.org/10.1002/bit.21576