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November 1980


Published in APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, Nov. 1980, p. 973-976. Copyright © 1980 by the American Society for Microbiology. Used by permission.


The growth of Enterobacter cloacae in 25% sodium dodecyl sulfate is described. The bacteria appeared to tolerate sodium dodecyl sulfate rather than metabolize it. The process was energy dependent, and cell lysis occurred during stationary phase. Extreme detergent resistance may be characteristic of the genus Enterobacter.

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