Burkholderia: An Untapped but Promising Bacterial Genus for the Conversion of Aromatic Compounds

Davinia Salvachua Rodriguez, Raj Morya, Indu Thakur

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Burkholderia, a bacterial genus comprising more than 120 species, is typically reported to inhabit soil and water environments. These Gram-negative bacteria harbor a variety of aromatic catabolic pathways and are thus potential organisms for bioremediation of sites contaminated with aromatic pollutants. However, there are still substantial gaps in our knowledge of these catabolic processes that must be filled before these pathways and organisms can be harnessed for biotechnological applications. This review presents recent discoveries on the catabolism of monoaromatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, as well as of heterocyclic compounds, by a diversity of Burkholderia strains. We also present a perspective on the beneficial features of Burkholderia spp. and future directions for their potential utilization in the bioremediation and bioconversion of aromatic compounds.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)963-975
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2020

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  • NREL/JA-5100-75444


  • aromatic compounds
  • bioremediation
  • Burkholderia
  • lignin
  • Paraburkholderia
  • pesticides


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