Articles | Volume 15, issue 18
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28 Sep 2018
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 28 Sep 2018

Potential for phenol biodegradation in cloud waters

Audrey Lallement, Ludovic Besaury, Elise Tixier, Martine Sancelme, Pierre Amato, Virginie Vinatier, Isabelle Canet, Olga V. Polyakova, Viatcheslay B. Artaev, Albert T. Lebedev, Laurent Deguillaume, Gilles Mailhot, and Anne-Marie Delort


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (02 Aug 2018) by Tina Treude
AR by Anne-Marie DELORT on behalf of the Authors (06 Aug 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Aug 2018) by Tina Treude
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (22 Aug 2018)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (24 Aug 2018) by Tina Treude
Short summary
The main objective of this work was to evaluate the potential degradation of phenol, a highly toxic pollutant, by cloud microorganisms. Phenol concentrations measured on five cloud samples collected at the PUY station in France were from 0.15 to 0.74 µg L−1. Metatranscriptomic analysis suggested that phenol could be biodegraded directly in clouds, likely by Gammaproteobacteria. A large screening showed that 93 % of 145 bacterial strains isolated from clouds were able to degrade phenol.
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