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Indian Researchers Identify New Bacterium that Produces Key Chemical Intermediate

Published on 2010-12-22. Author : SpecialChem

KOLKATA, India -- According to a new study published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, scientists in India have isolated a new class of bacteria (Streptomyces sundarbansensis) that has the ability to produce key intermediates that can find use in both chemicals & pharmaceuticals industries.

Strain MS1/7 T, a 2-allyloxyphenol-producing actinomycete, was isolated from sediments of the Sundarbans mangrove forest, India. The team, which has been working on the project for nearly 10 years, comprised of scientists from Kolkata-based Jadavpur University and the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology. It was headed by Joydeep Mukherjee and Parasuraman Jaisankar and they were assisted by Meyyappan Arumugam, Anindita Mitra, Arnab Pramanik, Malay Saha and Ratan Gachhui.

2-allyloxyphenol is known to be a vital intermediate in manufacturing drugs and chemicals like epoxy adhesives. This discovery has opened up new avenues for producing 2-allyloxyphenol through an eco-friendly natural process in place of the environmentally-unfriendly synthetic process that is presently being employed.

Written by: SpecialChem Editorial Team
(Based on information displayed on www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com and www.ijs.sgmjournals.org)


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