Adsorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by soil particles: influence on biodegradability and biotoxicity

  title={Adsorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by soil particles: influence on biodegradability and biotoxicity},
  author={Walter D. Weissenfels and Hans-J{\"u}rgen Klewer and Joseph Langhoff},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) biodegradation was investigated in contaminated soils from two different industrial sites under simulated land treatment conditions. Soil samples from a former impregnation plant (soil A) showed high degradation rates of PAHs by the autochthonous microorganisms, whereas PAHs in material of a closed-down coking plant (soil B) were not degraded even after inoculation with bacteria known to effectively degrade PAHs. As rapid PAH biodegradation in soil B was… CONTINUE READING


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