Rhodococcus sp. EH831 is a microbial species that can degrade volatile organic compounds. We optimized a method for monitoring quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) of EH831 that was incorporated into a polyurethane (PU) biofilter. When the genomic DNA of EH831 was directly extracted from a PU sample with immobilized EH831, the recovery efficiency was very low due to DNA absorption into the PU. DNA amplification during PCR was also inhibited by PU impurities. Therefore, a pre-treatment step was necessary. We successfully recovered cells from the PU by squeezing the matrix, adding sterilized water, and vortexing. The recovery efficiency ranged from 105 to 144%, and there was no statistically significant difference. We designed a novel TaqMan probe for EH831 and demonstrated its high specificity for EH831. The detection range for EH831 was 105-1011 CFU ml-1. The method described in this study can be used to investigate the relationship between quantitative analysis of Rhodococcus sp. EH831 and PU biofilter performance.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Environmental Biology|
|State||Published - Jan 2009|
- Quantitative real-time PCR
- Rhodococcus sp.