Reduction of perchlorate by salt tolerant bacterial consortia

Hee Wook Ryu, Seong Jin Nor, Kyung Eun Moon, Kyung Suk Cho, Daniel K. Cha, Kang In Rhee

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Two perchlorate-reducing bacterial consortia (PRBC) were obtained by enrichment cultures from polluted marine sediments. Non-salt-tolerant PRBC (N-PRBC) was enriched without the addition of NaCl, and salt tolerant-PRBC (ST-PRBC) was enriched with 30g-NaClL -1. Although the perchlorate reduction rates decreased with increasing NaCl concentration, ST-PRBC (resp., N-PRBC) could reduce perchlorate until 75g-NaClL -1 (resp., 30g-NaClL -1). The reduction yield (1.34±0.05mg-perchlorate per mg-acetate) and maximum perchlorate reduction rate (86mg-perchlorateL -1h -1) of ST-PRBC was higher than those (1.16±0.03mg-perchlorate per mg-acetate and 48mg-perchlorateL -1h -1) of N-PRBC. Kinetic analysis showed that NaCl acted as an uncompetitive inhibitor against both PRBCs. The inhibition constants were 25 and 41mg-NaClL -1 for N-PRBC and ST-PRBC, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-285
Number of pages7
JournalBioresource Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Basic Research Program through an NRF grant (No. 2009-0075052 ) and the Resource Recycling R&D Center of the 21C Frontier R&D Program funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST).


  • Perchlorate-reducing bacteria
  • Salt tolerance
  • Uncompetitive inhibition


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