Efficient oxidation of alcohols by a 2-phenylethanol-degrading Brevibacterium sp.

Kenji Miyamoto, Jun Ichiro Hirano, Hiromichi Ohta

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Microorganisms which can assimilate 2-phenylethanol were screened from soil for oxidation of various alcohols into carbonyl compounds. One strain, identified as Brevibacterium sp. KU1309, had high oxidative activity towards ArCH(CH3)CH2OH and Ar(CH2)nOH. When the substrate concentration was 0.1∼0.4% (w/v), the oxidation reaction proceeded smoothly (6∼96 h), and the corresponding carboxylates were obtained in good yields (68∼87%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1385-1388
Number of pages4
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Sept


  • 2-phenylethanol
  • Brevibacterium
  • Enzymatic oxidation
  • Green chemistry
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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