Friday, August 7, 2009

Superbug: solution to the oil pollution.

Over 10 million metric tons of petro-pollutants enter the sea ecosystem each year and killing birds, shell fish, fishes, invertibrates and other sea animals and planktons. This poses more adverse effect on marine life and food chain.

To solve the problem of sea petro-pollution, the Indian-born American scientist, Dr. Anand Mohan Chakravarty succeded in producing a microbacterial SUPERBUG by genetically engineered strain of Pseudomonas putida. It is capable of utilising complex chemical compounds like hydrocarbons. It is also called oil eating bug.

Petro-products, including oils, genrally contains octane, xylene, camphor and naphthalene. No single strain of P. putida is able to digest all these four petro-chemical; for this needed four strains of P. putida with four different plasmid DNA's. Dr. Anand introduced four plasmid DNA's from four different strains into one single cell of Pseudomonas putida and formed a SUPERBUG.

Pseudomonas is an aerobic and gram-negative bacterium belongs to Pseudomonadaceae family of bacteria. P. aeruginosa and P. fluorescens are fluorescent pigment forming bacteria.
This superbug utilise a number of toxic chemicals like chlorobenzenes, 2.4-D, 2.4.5-T, and petro-chemicals like octane, camphor, etc. This discovery of superbug really open the door for checking oil-pollution in seas. [ Prabhat Misra ].


jessima said...

hello sir really superbugs are good solution today our country is in need of this thanks for your valuable discovery hats of to you sir

priti saini said...

i need more information 4 my upcoming seminar which has this topic . i mean its working production rate , comparison with other strains and everything with pictures fast now...........waiting

mieke said...

why this superbug is not commercialized yet?
in the present senario the utility of this superbug is highly essential but still its only introduced and not used.

Anonymous said...

Hai sir i am a student of Biotechnology and i got the opportunity to represent your paper as presentation in my class. sir it's an honor to represent it. Sir may i please get the original paper of the "SUPERBUG" .
my e-mail id

Anonymous said...

Sir as much i read about superbug my anxiety arises to it in much detail. sir it's an honour to go through this work and would love to know it's fine details.