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
Volume26
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology

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