Genetically modified cells of Pseudomonas fluorescens, chromosomally marked with genes for bioluminescence, were inoculated into sterile soil microcosms. During incubation for 90 days, viable cell concentration did not change significantly but light output, measured by luminometry, decreased, indicating reduced metabolic activity due to lack of substrates. Amendment with nutrients resulted in parallel increases in both luminescence and dehydrogenase activity. Luminometry therefore enables rapid monitoring of the activity of populations of luminescence-marked microbial inocula in the soil, with greater sensitivity and selectivity than traditional techniques.
|Number of pages
|FEMS Microbiology Letters
|Published - 1 Dec 1992
- MICROBIAL ACTIVITY IN THE SOIL
- LUMINESCENCE-BASED MICROBIAL DETECTION
- GENETICALLY MODIFIED MICROBIAL INOCULA