Salt-loving, 2,4-D degrader

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Kingdom: Eubacteria
Scientific Name: Halomonadaceae
Image Courtesy of: Maltseva, Olga
Image Width: 8 microns
Image Technology: SEM

These bacteria degrade 2,4-D, the herbicide found in "Weed Be Gone" that people spray on their lawns to get rid of dandelions and other weed plants. This bacterium is unusual among 2,4-D degrading bacteria found so far because it can live in high concentrations of salt at high pH.