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Heterotrophic bacterial communities in the sediment of a nickel-rich River ecosystem

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Kyra Mae F. Logronio, Buenaflor D. Jimenez, Ma. Reina Suzette B. Madamba, Karyl Marie F. Dagoc, Angeli V. Mag-aso

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Int. J. Biosci.14( 6), 387-396, June 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/14.6.387-396


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The heterotrophic bacterial assemblage in Nickel-rich river sediment was studied. A total of seventeen (17) isolates were obtained. These were characterized based on their morphological and biochemical properties. Results show that most of the isolates were Gram-negative bacteria (70.6%), nitrate reducers (58.8%) and catalase producers (64.7%). Glucose and sucrose fermenters were also represented. In this study, heterotrophic bacteria had a diversity (H’) value of 1.514 and an evenness value of 0.2674. Microbial community diversity, along with environmental factors such as heavy metal content, may greatly affect the quality and nutrient cycle efficiency of the river sediment.


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