The major outer membrane proteins (OprF) from Pseudomonas fluorescens MFO and OE 28.3 were purified by a new method involving native electrophoresis in octyl-polyoxyethylene media. Both proteins, characterized by the same size, heat-modifiability and N-terminal sequence were re-incorporated in virtually solvent-free planar lipid bilayers. They displayed very similar channel-forming properties: the major conductance level was between 250 pS and 270 pS in 1 M NaCl. From experiments of zero-current potential, both porins were determined weakly cation selective. Amplification by PCR and sequencing of the oprF gene of strain MFO allowed to point out 94% identity between the amino acid sequences of these two OprFs isolated from ecological niches as different as milk (strain MFO) and soil (strain OE 28.3).