Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Agricultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences
Dr. Kristine Lowe
Dr. Alexis Racelis
Dr. Megan Keniry
The Donna Reservoir in Donna, Texas is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pollution. This reviews the current understanding of PCBs and investigate the potential of PCB degradation by native bacteria communities in the Donna Reservoir. The metabolic diversity, biphenyl tolerance, bphA1 presence were tested on surface water samples from the Donna Reservoir. The Ecoplate data suggest that the communities have a diverse metabolic capacity and the degree of plant life may interact with carbon type metabolism but not the rate of growth. Biphenyl growth curves showed that all the samples from the Donna Reservoir are tolerant to the average PCB concentration in local sediment. The bphA1 gene was detected in samples with low plant exposure, but not in samples with high plant exposure. It is possible that some bacteria communities in the Donna Reservoir can degrade PCBs, but further testing is need to track transcription rates.
Janiga, Alisha M., "Characterizing Polychlorinated Biphenyl Degradation Potential in Surface Water Bacteria from Rio Grande Valley, Texas Reservoirs" (2018). Theses and Dissertations - UTRGV. 298.