BACTERIAL HYDROCARBON OXIDATION II

James E. Stewart, R. E. Kallio
1959 Journal of Bacteriology  
The symmetrical ester cetyl palmitate is formed during the oxidation of n-hexadecane by a gram-negative coccus isolated from hexadecane enrichments (Stewart et al., 1959) . Since the organism also grows well in the presence of decane, dodecane, tetradecane, and octadecane, this study was undertaken to establish whether symmetrical ester formation occurs from these compounds as well as hexadecane. MATERIALS AND METHODS The organism (designated strain H.O.1) and cultural conditions were described
more » ... ions were described in a previous paper (Stewart et al., 1959) . Techniques for isolating and identifying esters were likewise described and were not materially modified in the present study. In a few instances, where ester production was low, 10 L of culture fluid were used for isolation of intermediates. Two of the commercial alkanes employed as substrates were subjected to mass analysis and shown to have the following impurities: Octadecane:
doi:10.1128/jb.78.5.726-730.1959 fatcat:oeyuwdjn5nhqjitxkyc5gqn2ja