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"An International Journal Devoted to Conservation of Environment"


ISSN: 2278-5124 (Online) :: ISSN: 0972-3099 (Print)

Conservation Journal

"An International Journal Devoted to Conservation of Environment"


ISSN: 2278-5124 (Online) :: ISSN: 0972-3099 (Print)

Conservation Journal

"An International Journal Devoted to Conservation of Environment"


ISSN: 2278-5124 (Online) :: ISSN: 0972-3099 (Print)

Conservation Journal

"An International Journal Devoted to Conservation of Environment"


ISSN: 2278-5124 (Online) :: ISSN: 0972-3099 (Print)

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Exploration of thermophilic bacteria from hot springs of Garhwal Himalayas and their screening for industrially important enzyme production

Preeti Ranawat and Seema Rawat

Microbiology Research Laboratory, Department Of Botany and Microbiology, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar (Garhwal)-246174, Uttrakhand, India


The present study delineates thermophilic bacterial diversity of two hot springs, Soldhar and Suryakund of Uttarakhand Himalaya region and their exploration for production of industrially important enzymes. The predominant isolates belonged to Genus Bacillus. Paenibacillus spp. were common to both sites. Pseudomonas spp. from Soldhar, Geobacillus spp. and Brevibacillus spp. were recovered from Suryakund. The isolates when qualitatively checked for amylase and cellulase production exhibited maximum index for amylase activity of 1.51 from Soldhar and 1.28 from Suryakund while for cellulase maximum index was 0.87 from Soldahr and 3.00 from Suryakund. Bacterial population recovered from Suryakund comprised of more active amylase (55%) and cellulase (50%) producers as compared to Soldhar which has 34% amylolytic and 28% cellulolytic population. These isolates can be further exploited for various biotechnological applications which necessitate the conservation of these microbial resources as these hot springs are subjected to various anthropogenic disturbances.

Amylase, Bacillus, Cellulase, Hot springs, Thermophiles

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Received: 05.01.2016


Accepted: 12.03.2017

First Online: 15.06. 2017



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