Biodegradation of superabsorbent polymers in soil.

  title={Biodegradation of superabsorbent polymers in soil.},
  author={Jennifer Stahl and Michael D. Cameron and J Haselbach and Steven D. Aust},
  journal={Environmental science and pollution research international},
  volume={7 2},
Biodegradation of two superabsorbent polymers, a crosslinked, insoluble polyacrylate and an insoluble polyacrylate/ polyacrylamide copolymer, in soil by the white-rot fungus, Phanerochaete chrysosporium was investigated. The polymers were both solubilized and mineralized by the fungus but solubilization and mineralization of the copolymer was much more rapid than of the polyacrylate. Soil microbes poorly solublized the polymers and were unable to mineralize either intact polymer. However, soil… CONTINUE READING
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