Effect of concentration of organic chemicals on their biodegradation by natural microbial communities.

@article{Boethling1979EffectOC,
  title={Effect of concentration of organic chemicals on their biodegradation by natural microbial communities.},
  author={R S Boethling and Martin Alexander},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={1979},
  volume={37 6},
  pages={1211-6}
}
The effect of concentration on the biodegradation of synthetic organic chemicals by natural microbial communities was investigated by adding individual C-labeled organic compounds to stream water at various initial concentrations and measuring the formation of CO(2). The rate of degradation of p-chlorobenzoate and chloroacetate at initial concentrations of 47 pg/ml to 47 mug/ml fell markedly with lower initial concentrations, although half or more of the compound was converted to CO(2) in 8… CONTINUE READING

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