Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus sp. nov., a new species capable of degrading high concentrations of 4-chlorophenol

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2000 Nov;50 Pt 6:2083-2092. doi: 10.1099/00207713-50-6-2083.


A micro-organism was isolated from soil which could grow on high concentrations [up to 350 p.p.m. (2.7 mM)] of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). The isolate, designated strain A6T, was obtained from a soil suspension that had been selectively enriched with gradually increasing concentrations of 4-CP. Strain A6T could also grow on several other para-substituted phenols. Characterization of strain A6T with respect to chemical, biochemical and morphological properties, 16S rDNA sequencing and DNA-DNA hybridization indicated that the isolate is a novel species within the genus Arthrobacter for which the name Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is DSM 12829T.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arthrobacter / chemistry
  • Arthrobacter / classification*
  • Arthrobacter / genetics
  • Arthrobacter / growth & development
  • Arthrobacter / metabolism
  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Chlorophenols / metabolism*
  • Culture Media
  • DNA, Ribosomal / analysis
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Phenols / metabolism
  • Phylogeny
  • Pigments, Biological / biosynthesis
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Soil Microbiology*
  • Soil Pollutants / metabolism


  • Chlorophenols
  • Culture Media
  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • Phenols
  • Pigments, Biological
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
  • Soil Pollutants
  • 4-chlorophenol

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF102267