SCREENING OF SULPHUR OXIDIZING BACTERIA FROM SULPHUR SPRINGS OF SAHASTRADHARA REGION OF DEHRADUN, UTTARAKHAND, INDIAAbstract
Sulphur water is commonly used as the remedial source for treating skin infections and eradicating pathogenic microbes causing infection. The sulphur water is the source of sulphur oxidizing bacteria which is the source of different secondary metabolites which has potential killing activity against different skin borne infections. In the present investigation, the study was performed to isolate and screen the sulphur oxidizing bacteria (both autotrophs and heterotrophs) from the sulphur water. Sulphur is primarily used to ease red, itchy skin. It also helps protect your body against toxins in the environment. In addition, people with arthritis may find pain relief from taking a soothing bath in hot sulphur springs. Sulphur aids in certain digestive disorders, especially acid reflux, indigestion made worse by milk, chronic diarrhea and vomiting in the morning. It also helps gynecological problems such as premenstrual syndrome and menopausal discomforts. The total of twenty six isolates were obtained from sulphur as follows: UKAK1, UKAK2, UKAK3, UKAK4, UKAK5, UKAK6, UKAK7, UKAK8, UKAK9, UKAK10, UKAK11, UKAK12, UKAK13, UKAK14, UKAK15, UKAK16, UKAK17, UKAK18, UKAK19, UKAK20, UKAK21, UKAK22, UKAK23, UKAK24, UKAK25 and UKAK26. The isolates were picked and streaked on the new sulphur oxidizer medium. Repeated picking and streaking of a well- isolated colony will ensure of obtaining a pure culture.