Microbiological detoxification of hazardous organic contaminants: The crucial role of substrate interactions

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Abstract

Microbiological detoxification of hazardous organic pollutants is highly promising, but its reliable implementation requires a sophisticated understanding of several different substrate types and how they interact. This paper carefully defines the substrate types and explains how their interactions affect the bacteria's electron and energy flows, information flow, and degradative activity. For example, primary substrates, which are essential for growth and maintenance of the bacteria, also interact with degradation of specific hazardous pollutants by being inducers, inhibitors, and direct or indirect cosubstrates. The target contaminants, which often are secondary substrates, also have the interactive roles of self-inhibitor, inhibitor of primary-substrate utilization, inducer, and a part of an aggregate primary substrate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-410
Number of pages8
JournalWater Science and Technology
Volume25
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Detoxification
detoxification
Impurities
substrate
pollutant
Substrates
inhibitor
Bacteria
bacterium
Organic pollutants
energy flow
organic pollutant
Degradation
electron
degradation
Electrons

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  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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