Volume 8 Number 1, January/February 1998, pp. 43-46
Molecular Markers in Environmental Biotechnology
Joanna M. Shepherd and Pak-Lam Yu
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In the past decade, advances in molecular biology have greatly
expanded the `tools'
available for monitoring the activities of microorganisms in the
environmental pollutants. These molecular markers (reporter genes) produce
are easily detectable by change in colour or giving off light at a certain
Bioluminescent and fluorescent markers are a class of molecular markers
that can be used to
monitor cell viability and concentration without the enrichment and
disruption of the cell
growth in complex environment such as the soil. Molecular markers have wide
applications in the field of environmental biotechnology.
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