Isolation and characterization of the pesticide-degrading plasmid pJP1 from Alcaligenes paradoxus Academic Article uri icon


  • A strain of Alcaligenes paradoxus, unable to degrade phenoxyacetic acid, was shown to degrade two synthetic derivatives of this molecule, the herbicides 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid and 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid. The ability to degrade these pesticides is encoded by a 58-megadalton conjugal plasmid, pJP1.

publication date

  • December 1, 1978