Biological Role of Mycobacteria in the Environment


Mycobacteria are generally regarded as causing diseases. Little is known, however, about the role and behaviour of saprophytic mycobacteria in the environment. In this chapter, their role in the degradation of organic compounds and in the stimulation of the growth of some protozoa is described. Special attention is paid to the mycobacteria as a source of nutrients for water fleas and dragonfly larvae in oligotrophic moorland waters.


Genus Mycobacterium Dragonfly Larva Haloalkane Dehalogenase Strain KR20 Ethyl Toluene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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