Compositions and methods are provided that relate to the bioremediation of chlorinated ethenes, particularly the bioremediation of vinyl chloride by Dehalococcoides-like organisms. An isolated strain of bacteria, Dehalococcoides sp. strain VS, that metabolizes vinyl chloride is provided; the genetic sequence of the enzyme responsible for vinyl chloride dehalogenation; methods of assessing the capability of endogenous organisms at an environmental site to metabolize vinyl chloride; and a method of using the strains of the invention for bioremediation.
This invention was made with Government support under Government Grant DACA72-00-C-0010, awarded by the Department of the Army; DE-FG07-99ER62883, awarded by the Department of Energy; and 825689016 awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Government has certain rights in this invention.