SUMMARY: Among the facultative bacteria capable of growth on mesquite wood which were isolated from the asceptically dissected hind-gut of the termite were two strains of , one strain each of Arthrobacter, Alcaligenes and Serratia, and a very small Gram-negative fermentative rod. The strains, the strain and the sp. grew well on a mineral salts α-cellulose agar. One of the strains and hydrolysed gels of carboxymethylcellulose. All isolates grew well with mesquite wood as the carbon source. The isolate produced prodigiosin but differed from a typed strain both in size and in some physiological characteristics.


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