Biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

  title={Biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons},
  author={Carl Cerniglia},
  • Carl Cerniglia
  • Published 1993
  • Chemistry
  • The intent of this review is to provide an outline of the microbial degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. A catabolically diverse microbial community, consisting of bacteria, fungi and algae, metabolizes aromatic compounds. Molecular oxygen is essential for the initial hydroxylation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by microorganisms. In contrast to bacteria, filamentous fungi use hydroxylation as a prelude to detoxification rather than to catabolism and assimilation. The… CONTINUE READING

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