Thomas Gorontzy

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The transformation of several mono- and dinitroaromatic compounds (tested at 50-200 microM) by methanogenic bacteria, sulphate-reducing bacteria and clostridia was studied. Some of the nitroaromatics tested were transformed chemically by 1.5 mM quantities of culture media reducing agents, like cysteine or sulphide. This abiotic reduction occurred at the(More)
The pollution of soil and water with explosives and related compounds caused by military activities has been known for a long time, but progress in understanding the environmental fate of such substances has only been made in the last few years. Microbial processes could be used for the remediation of explosives-contaminated soils and waste waters because(More)
Investigations were carried out to evaluate the level of incorporation of radiolabeled 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and metabolites into the bacterial biomass of two different bacterial species after cometabolically mediated TNT transformation. Biotransformation experiments with 14C-TNT indicated that TNT was not mineralized; however, carbon derived from TNT(More)
The ability of the strictly anaerobic sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfobacula toluolica (strain Tol2) to cometabolically degrade p-toluidine (p-methylaniline) while using toluene as the primary source of carbon and energy has been studied. This organism has been shown to modify and degrade toluidine in dense cell suspensions when no other source of carbon(More)
2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT)-contaminated soil material of a former TNT production plant was percolated aerobically in soil columns. Nineteen days of percolation with a potassium phosphate buffer supplemented with glucose or glucose plus ammonium sulfate caused an over 90% decline in the amount of extractable nitroaromatics in soils containing 70 to 2,100 mg(More)
Four bioreactor designs were performed to evaluate the level of incorporation of 14C-labeled 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and metabolites into the organic soil matrix of different anaerobically treated contaminated soils. The contaminated soils were amended with molasses slivers (80:20% per weight) as auxiliary substrate to enhance microbial activity. After(More)
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