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Benzene is an omnipresent aromatic hydrocarbon of the environment and the pollution caused by it is a matter of great public concern. The study was designed to isolate, characterize and identify aerobic bacterial strains capable of benzene degradation from petroleum-contaminated soils of Kolkata, India. Three strains, designated as MKB1b, MKB2a and MKB2d were found to be able to degrade benzene, as the only source of carbon and energy. All the isolated strains had an optimal growth pH of 8.0,doi:10.22207/jpam.13.4.51 fatcat:qidb5bydfjdwtm4p6jgkvzh3aa