Biodegradation and evaporation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in liquid media

  title={Biodegradation and evaporation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in liquid media},
  author={Katar{\'i}na Dercov{\'a} and Branislav Vrana and {\vS} Bal{\'a}{\vz} and A {\vS}{\'a}ndorov{\'a}},
  journal={Journal of Industrial Microbiology},
During microbial degradation of PCBs in a liquid medium, two processes influence the PCB concentration in the medium simultaneously: biodegradation and evaporation. The physical loss of PCB due to evaporation frequently causes false positive results in biodegradation experiments. Therefore, if only PCBs are monitored, the determination of the PCB concentration in both liquid and gaseous phases is necessary for a correct appraisal of biodegradation. The kinetics of PCB evaporation and… CONTINUE READING
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