The population of poly-phydroxybutyrate-degrading microorganisms and the biodegradation of PHB in local landfill soils were examined in vitro and in viv0. Forty-two PHB-degraders consisting of 12 bacteria, 25 actinomycetes and 5 moulds were isolated. The total PHB-degraders averaged 4.7 x lo7 and 20x 104 colony forming units (cfu)/g for San Mateo wet and dry soils, respectively, and 2.3 x lo7 and 8.5 x 104 c f d g for Carmona wet and dry samples, respectively. The PHB-degraders formed 659% of the total microb…
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