Decomposition of 14C-labelled lignin and phenols by a Nocardia sp

Arch Microbiol. 1977 Aug 26;114(2):149-53. doi: 10.1007/BF00410776.


A Gram-positive bacterium which was isolated from a Finnish soil and identified as a Nocardia sp., was able to decompose lignin and to assimilate lignin degradation products as a carbon source. It could release 14CO2 from 14C-labelled methoxyl groups, side chains or ring carbons of coniferyl alcohol dehydropolymers (DHP) and from specifically 14C-labelled lignin of plant material. Furthermore, it could release 14CO2 from phenolcarboxylic and cinnamic acids and alcohols labelled in the OCH3, COOH groups, side chain or aromatic ring carbons.

MeSH terms

  • Carbon Dioxide / metabolism
  • Lignin / metabolism*
  • Nocardia / metabolism*
  • Phenols / metabolism*


  • Phenols
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Lignin