Isolation and characterization of a white rot fungus Bjerkandera sp strain capable of oxidizing phenanthrene

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Strain BOL13 was selected from 18 fungal strains isolated from an oil-spill contaminated site in Oruro, Bolivia. It was identified as a basidiomycete with high homology to Bjerkandera. The fungus degraded 100 mg phenanthrene l(-1) at 0.17 mg l(-1) d(-1) at 30 degrees C at pH 7. During phenanthrene degradation, a maximum manganese peroxidase activity of 100-120 U l(-1) was measured after 10 days of incubation. The ability of Bjerkandera sp. to produce lignin-modifying enzymes and to oxidize phenanthrene under various pH and temperature conditions was confirmed.


  • Enrique Terrazas
  • Teresa Alvarez Aliaga
  • Benoit Guieysse
  • Bo Mattiasson
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  • Industrial Biotechnology


  • manganese peroxidase, bioremediation, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, white rot fungi
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-851
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch