Complete degradation of xenobiotic surfactants by consortia of aerobic microorganisms

@article{Ginkel1996CompleteDO,
  title={Complete degradation of xenobiotic surfactants by consortia of aerobic microorganisms},
  author={C. G. van Ginkel},
  journal={Biodegradation},
  year={1996},
  volume={7},
  pages={151-164}
}
Linear alkylbenzene sulphonates are primarily attacked via a hydroxylation of the alkyl chain from the methyl group followed by β-oxidation. The alkyl chain is metabolized by pure cultures to give sulphophenyl carboxylates which accumulate in the medium. In mixed culture, other microorganisms are capable of degrading sulphophenyl carboxylates. Formation of ethylene glycol monosulphates as major products of alkyl ethoxy sulphates demonstrates that the ether bonds are cleaved. The bacteria… CONTINUE READING