, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 481–487 | Cite as

Degradation of pyridine and 4-methylpyridine by Gordonia terrea IIPN1

  • Tsering Stobdan
  • Amita Sinha
  • Ravindra Pal Singh
  • Dilip Kumar Adhikari
Original Paper


Gordonia terrea IIPN1 was isolated and characterized from soils collected at petroleum drilling sites. The strain was able to catabolize pyridine and 4-methylpyridine as sole carbon and nitrogen source. The strain failed to catabolize other pyridine derivatives. Growing cells completely degraded 30 mM of pyridine in 120 h with growth yield of 0.29 g g−1. Resting Cells grown on 5 mM pyridine degraded 4-methylpyridine without a lag time and vice versa. Supplementary carbon and nitrogen source did not significantly change the specific growth rate and degradation rate by the resting cells.


Biodegradation Gordonia 4-methylpyridine Pyridine 



We thank Dr M. O. Garg, Director, Indian Institute of Petroleum, CSIR for his valuable suggestions and Mr. Kishan Kumar for his guidance on HPLC analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tsering Stobdan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Amita Sinha
    • 1
  • Ravindra Pal Singh
    • 1
  • Dilip Kumar Adhikari
    • 1
  1. 1.Biotechnology Area, PEACBD Indian Institute of PetroleumDehradunIndia
  2. 2.FRL (DRDO)LadakhIndia

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