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Isolation and identification of the microbes from the gut of termite Odontotermes obesus (Rambur) found to degrade Polythene and Plastics

Neelima Singh & Anjani Kumar Shrivastava*
Department of Botany, Ranchi University, Ranchi- 834008 (India).
Received 15th November, 2009; Revised 12th February, 2010.

Abstract : The major micro flora inhabiting the hindgut  of the termite Odontotermes Obesus (Rambur) included morphologically diverse group of bacteria both coccoid  and rod shaped along with pirochetes, pseudomonads and actinomycetes. the invitro studies indicated the presence of amylase, invertase cellulase and a – galactosidase in the mid and hindgut of the termite. And later it was shown that these microbes have been associated with degradation of polythene and plastics.


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