Articles | Volume 16, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12347–12358, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-12347-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12347–12358, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-12347-2016

Research article 29 Sep 2016

Research article | 29 Sep 2016

Screening of cloud microorganisms isolated at the Puy de Dôme (France) station for the production of biosurfactants

Pascal Renard et al.

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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (26 Aug 2016)  Author's response
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ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (07 Sep 2016) by V. Faye McNeill
AR by Anne-Marie Delort on behalf of the Authors (07 Sep 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (08 Sep 2016) by V. Faye McNeill
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A total of 480 microorganisms collected from 39 clouds sampled in France were isolated and identified. This unique collection was screened for biosurfactant production by measuring the surface tension. 41 % of the tested strains were active producers. Pseudomonas, the most frequently detected genus in clouds, was the dominant group for the production of biosurfactants. Further, the potential impact of the production of biosurfactants by cloud microorganisms on atmospheric processes is discussed.
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