Evidence for enhanced dissipation of chlorpyrifos in an agricultural soil inoculated with Serratia rubidaea strain ABS 10

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2022 Apr;29(20):29358-29367. doi: 10.1007/s11356-021-17772-0. Epub 2022 Jan 6.


The insecticide 14C-chlorpyrifos was found mineralized in a Tunisian soil with repeated exposure to it. From this soil, a bacterial strain was isolated that was able to grow in a minimal salt medium (MSM) supplemented with 25 mg L-1 of chlorpyrifos. It was characterized as Serratia rubidaea strain ABS 10 using morphological and biochemical analyses, as well as 16S rRNA sequencing. In a liquid culture, the S. rubidaea strain ABS 10 was able to dissipate chlorpyrifos almost entirely within 48 h of incubation. Although the S. rubidaea strain ABS 10 was able to grow in an MSM supplemented with chlorpyrifos and dissipate it in a liquid culture, it was not able to mineralize 14C-chlorpyrifos. Therefore, it can be concluded that the dissipation capability of this bacteria might be attributed to its capacity to adsorb CHL. It can also be ascribed to other reasons such as the formation of biogenic non-extractable residues. In both non-sterile and sterile soil inoculated with S. rubidaea strain ABS 10, chlorpyrifos was more rapidly dissipated than in controls with DT50 of 1.38 and 1.05 days, respectively.

Keywords: Biosorption; Chlorpyrifos; Dissipation; Mineralization; Serratia rubidaea strain ABS 10 (S10), Soil.

MeSH terms

  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Chlorpyrifos* / analysis
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
  • Serratia
  • Soil


  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
  • Soil
  • Chlorpyrifos

Supplementary concepts

  • Serratia rubidaea