Open Journal of Applied Sciences
Vol.09 No.01(2019), Article ID:89847,9 pages

Molecular Characterization of Some Amylolytic Srains of Bacteria Isolated from Peels and Soils from Two Cassava Dumpsites

A. D. Victor Ayansina1*, A. Olasoji Adelaja1, John Baba2

1Department of Biological Sciences, Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria

2Department of Microbiology, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Nigeria

Copyright © 2019 by author(s) and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0).

Received: October 5, 2018; Accepted: January 11, 2019; Published: January 14, 2019


Samples of peels and soils from cassava waste sites were collected from cassava processing factory in Oyo town, Oyo State and also a dumpsite in Alaya village, Aiyedire local government, Osun State, Nigeria. Bacterial isolation was carried out using the pour plate method to obtain amylolytic bacterial species capable of hydrolyzing starch. Fourteen bacterial isolates that were most responsive to starch hydrolysis were selected from both sampling sites for molecular investigations. DNA of the isolates was extracted and subjected to a cocktail mix and condition for PCR which was purified using two universal primers and afterwards the PCR product was used for the polymorphism through electrophoresis. Bacterial isolates were identified based on their genetic sequences and results showed Bacillus subtilis (21.44%) to be the most frequently occurring specie. There was the prevalence of two similar strains Bacillus subtilis MML2483 and B. subtilis MML2411 which was isolated from the different sampling sites. Some other bacterial strains included Bacillus olivae BRB18, B. licheniformis HT-26-B1, B. cereus H17, B. safensis MS40, B. pumilus 07.


Cassava, PCR, Amylase, Hydrolysis, Bacillus

1. Introduction

Cheap and readily available agricultural waste such as cassava peels, which presently constitutes a menace to solid waste management, may be a rich source of amylolytic bacteria [1] . Though many microorganisms can grow on a wide range of carbon and nitrogen sources, it is economically more viable to utilize the cheap and easily available resources as substrates for amylase production [2] . Although plants and animals produce amylases, enzymes from microbial sources are generally used in industrial processes. This is due to a number of factors including higher productivity, thermostability of the enzyme as well as ease of cultivating microorganisms [3] [4] .

Prominent among bacteria used in commercial production are the Bacillus sp. [5] [6] [7] [8] . Others, such as Escherichia sp., Pseudomonas, Proteus, Serratia and Rhizobium also yield appreciable quantity of the enzyme [9] . Aspergillus, Rhizopus, Mucor, Neurospora, Penicillium and Candida species are some of the fungi that also produce extracellular amylases of commercial value [7] [10] . Members of the genus Bacillus are heterogeneous and they are very versatile in their adaptability to the environment. Among the species of Bacillus, B. subtilis, B. stearothermophilus, B. amyloliquefaciens, B. licheniformis, B. acidocaldarius, Bifidobacterium bifidum and B. acerans are important species [11] . The α-amylases from B. licheniformis, B. amyloliquefaciens and B. stearothermophilus are among the most widely studied amylases and are highly homologous with respect to primary and tertiary structure [12] .

The development of ultra-high-throughput sequencing technologies has been instrumental in advancing research in all scientific areas but more particularly in Microbiology where the genomes are small [13] . Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) offers several advantages in identification as there has been a shift towards DNA-based protocols developed for diagnostic purposes as well as for etiological or epidemiological studies, as reported by some published reviews [14] - [21] as it is highly sensitive, relatively simple and fast to perform. Application of PCR techniques in diagnostic laboratories for routine purposes is also increasing and will continue in the near future, especially for the rapid screening of samples. A wide range of plant-pathogenic bacteria can be currently detected by PCR in numerous hosts or environmental samples [22] . In this study, we carried out molecular characterization using PCR on some amylolytic Bacillus species isolated from soils and peels obtained from cassava waste dump sites.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Sample Collection and Bacterial Isolation

Soil samples and peels from cassava waste dump sites were collected through aseptic measures from 2 different locations: a dumpsite near a gari processing factory in Oyo town, Oyo state, Nigeria and another from a dumpsite in Alaya village, Aiyedire local government, Osun state, Nigeria. The soil was collected 10 cm deep into the earth by digging and collected in aseptic plastic bagsas described by [23] and transported to the laboratory for immediate analysis. Sampling was carried out twice: during dry season (December, 2016) and early rainy season (March, 2017).

Bacterial isolation was done using the pour plate technique. Twenty grammes of each sample (peels and soil) was weighed and homogenized in 180 ml saline solution in order to get 1:9 dilution. The mixture was shaken vigorously. One millilitre of the sample was serially diluted up to the 6th dilution [24] and the 5th and 6th dilutions was plated on nutrient agar and was incubated for 24 hours at 37˚C in a Genlab INC/100 incubator. Pure cultures were kept as stock on slants of the requisite medium for further use later. Preliminary taxonomic characteristics of the isolated bacteria were determined by colony morphology, Grams staining, growth pattern and biochemical analysis (Hamid et al., 2003). More details on bacterial isolations and amylase activities have been previously described [25] .

2.2. DNA Extraction

DNA extraction and sequencing was carried out with the assistance of technologists from International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The genomic DNA of the isolate used in this research was extracted using QIAamp DNA mini kit (250) cat no 51,306 (manufactured by QIAGEN, Germany).

The procedure used for the DNA extraction was carried out following the instructions indicated in the manufacturers’ kit. Absolute ethanol 2% vol (20 µl) was added to the samples product after which it was incubated at room temperature for 15 minutes. The product was centrifuged at 10,000 rpm for 15 minutes and supernatant was decanted. The supernatant was again centrifuged at 10,000 rpm for another 15 minutes. Afterwards, 2% vol. (40 µl) of 70% ethanol was added and decant of the supernatant was repeated. The product was air-dried and about 10 µl of ultra-pure water was added. After the extraction, the DNA was subjected to a cocktail mix and condition for the PCR. Ultra-pure water (10 ul) was added. Concentrations of DNA were estimated using a nanodrop spectrophotometer (Jenway model 6305).

2.3. PCR Amplification and Molecular Identification of Bacterial Isolate

The 16s RNA gene was amplified by PCR using two universal primers. The forward primer being 27F: 51-AGAGTTTGATCMTGGGTCAG-31 and the reverse primer 1525R: 51-AAGGAGGTGWTCCARCCGCA-31. The thermal cycler was programmed and set at an initial denaturation at 94˚C for 5 minutes, 36 number of cycles of denaturation at 94˚C for 30 seconds, annealing at appropriate temperature of 56˚C for 30 seconds and 72˚C for 45 seconds and a final extension at 72˚C for 7 minutes while the holding temperature was at 10˚C. The amplicon from the reaction above was loaded on 1.5% agarose gel and the gel picture is attached as PCR. The ladder used was 1 kb plus ladder from Invitrogen. The expected base pair of the amplicon was around 1500 bp. The PCR products were separated on 1.5% agarosegel.

Finally, the amplicon was checked on 1.5% agarose. The PCR product was used for the sequencing reaction. The forward and reverse sequencing primers were used to sequence the entire length of the double stranded DNA. The sequencing reaction was also purified. The product from the purification was loaded on the 3131xl gene analyzer from Applied Bio-systems to give the sequences. The sequences were then compared with already identified nucleotide sequences on National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) GenBank database.

3. Results and Discussion

Determining the bacterial species is often crucial for making accurate decisions since this should provide direct information on the distinctive abilities of the microorganism [13] . A total of thirty-four organisms were isolated from peels and soil of cassava waste from the sample sites as described earlier by [25] . However fourteen organisms (which included the organisms with the maximum zone of clearance during starch hydrolysis) were randomly selected for the genetic sequencing. Table 1 shows the nanodrop readings of the extracted DNA from the spectrophotometer as the absorbance of purity of the sample falls mostly within the range of 1.6 - 2.14 and also the concentration of the extracted DNA measured in ng/µl ranging between 14.4 and 374 ng/µl. The DNA molecular marker used during the agarose gel electrophoresis was 1 kb plus Invitrogen ladder which shows the concentration of the DNA and its level of amplification.

The identification process after the genetic sequencing shows that Bacillus subtilis (21.44%) was the most frequently occurring specie, although, the Bacillus species were still further classified according to their varying strains while other isolates featured sporadically. Interestingly, the results also shows the prevalence of two similar strains B. subtilis MML2483 and B. subtilis MML2411 which was isolated from the different sampling sites. The abundance of Bacillus sp. as recorded during this study shows its dominance in the habitat of all the sampling sites. Research has shown that cassava peels and soil from cassava dumpsites which forms a nuisance to the community may well be converted to very useful raw materials in the industries [26] [27] . This study shows that some of the strains which are already identified due to their genetic sequences can be exploited for large scale production of amylase having shown a wide zone of clearance during starch hydrolysis (Plates 1-3).

Other bacterial strains identified included Bacillus olivae BR18, Sphingobacterium compostii NNBRC 106383, Entobacteriacaea bacterium G2-5, Y78, Bacillus subtilis SCSGA0128, Bacillus licheniformis HT-Z6-B1, Bacillus cereus H17, Bacillus safensis MS40, Lysinbacillus sphaericus RSEN1, Klebsiella pneumoniae T02 and Bacillus pumilus 07.

4. Conclusion

The research involving use of microorganisms to produce amylolytic enzymes is increasing daily and the need to explore more of their potentials cannot be overstated. The results show that for wider industrial applications, genetic studies is

Table 1. Nanodrop spectrophotometer readings of extracted DNA.

Plate 1. Agarose gel electrophesis of amplified DNA extracted from the isolated bacteria (Lane 1: B. olivae BRB18, Lane 2: B. subtilis MML2483, Lane 3: Sphingobacterium compostii NNBRC 106383, Lane 4: Enterobacteriaceae bacterium G2-5, Lane 5: Acinetobacter baumanii Y78, Lane 6: B. subtilis SCSGAB0128, Lane 7: B. licheniformis HT-Z6-BI, Lane 8: B. cereus H17, Lane 9: B. safensis MS40, Lane 10: B. subtilis MML2411, Lane 11: Lysinbacillus sphaericus RSENI, Lane 12: Klebsiella pneumonia T02, Lane 13: B. pumilus 07, Lane 14: Unidentified).

Plate 2. PCR gel electrophoresis of amplified 16sRNA of isolates 1 - 8. (Lane 1: Marker, Lane 2: B. olivae BRB18, Lane 3: B. subtilis MML2483, Lane 4: Sphingobacterium compostii NNBRC106383, Lane 5: Enterobacteriaceae bacterium G2-5, Lane 6: Acinetobacter baumanii Y78, Lane 7: B. subtilis SCSGAB0128, Lane 8: B. licheniformis HT-Z6-BI, Lane 9: B. cereus H17).

Plate 3. PCR gel electrophoresis of amplified 16sRNA of isolates 9 - 14 (cont’d.) (Lane 1: Marker, Lane 2:B. safensis MS40, Lane 3: B. subtilis MML2411, Lane 4: Lysinbacillus sphaericus RSENI, Lane 5: Klebsiella pneumonia T02, Lane 6: B. pumilus 07, Lane 7: Unidentified).

needed to manipulate the organisms for better amylase production as the best producing strains will be more easily identified and closely observed and produced en-mass while maintaining the conditions for their growth and survival in keeping their stock.


Author wishes to acknowledge all staff at the Bioscience Laboratory of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria for helping with the necessary laboratory facilities and assistance in carrying out polymerase chain reaction procedures.

Author’s Contributions

Ayansina, A.D.V. is the major supervisor of the work. He and Adelaja, A.O. did 90% of the practical procedures of the work. Baba, J. supplied some literature information used and read through for correctness.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest in this work.

Cite this paper

Ayansina, A.D.V., Adelaja, A.O. and Baba, J. (2019) Molecular Characterization of Some Amylolytic Srains of Bacteria Isolated from Peels and Soils from Two Cassava Dumpsites. Open Journal of Applied Sciences, 9, 1-9.


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