Biodegradation of aliphatic homopolyesters and aliphatic-aromatic copolyesters by anaerobic microorganisms.

@article{AbouZeid2004BiodegradationOA,
  title={Biodegradation of aliphatic homopolyesters and aliphatic-aromatic copolyesters by anaerobic microorganisms.},
  author={Dunja-Manal Abou-Zeid and R J M{\"u}ller and W D Deckwer},
  journal={Biomacromolecules},
  year={2004},
  volume={5 5},
  pages={
          1687-97
        }
}
The anaerobic degradability of natural and synthetic polyesters is investigated applying microbial consortia (3 sludges, 1 sediment) as well as individual strains isolated for this purpose. In contrast to aerobic conditions, the natural homopolyester polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) degrades faster than the copolyester poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV). For the synthetic polyester poly(epsilon-caroplacton) (PCL), microbial degradation in the absence of oxygen could be clearly… CONTINUE READING
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