Rhizospheric Microbacterium sp. P27 Showing Potential of Lindane Degradation and Plant Growth Promoting Traits.


Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. [Email]


Lindane is an organochlorine pesticide that is highly persistent in the environment. The amassing of lindane has been identified worldwide and has been found to be very toxic to the environment, human, and animal health. Therefore, urgent consideration and management of the problem is necessary. The current study intends to isolate and identify lindane degrading rhizospheric bacteria from Phragmites karka and to study its degradation kinetics. Also, plant growth promoting potential of the bacterium was evaluated in the presence and absence of studied pesticide. Rhizospheric bacteria were isolated by standard enrichment technique in Mineral Salt Medium. Microbacterium sp. P27 showed the highest degradation percentage, 82.7 ± 1.79% for 50 mg l-1 lindane, after 15 days. Degradation was also studied at different concentrations of lindane. Maximum degradation was achieved at 10 mg l-1 followed by 50 mg l-1 and 100 mg l-1 lindane. Microbacterium sp. P27 showed positive result for Indole-3-acetic acid production, ammonia production, and 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase activity. Presence of lindane revealed a concentration-dependent decrease in plant growth promoting activity. Since the isolated bacterial strain possesses lindane degrading capacity and also other characters that help in plant growth promotion, the isolate can be an important candidate for the progress of bioremediation strategy.