Inhibition of alkylbenzene biodegradation under denitrifying conditions by using the acetylene block technique.

  • Steve Hutchins
  • Published 1992 in Applied and environmental microbiology

Abstract

Addition of acetylene to microcosms simultaneously amended with nitrate and alkylbenzenes resulted in inhibition of the rate of alkylbenzene biodegradation under denitrifying conditions. Toluene, xylenes, and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene were recalcitrant, whereas ethylbenzene was degraded at a slower rate than usual. Benzene was not degraded in either case… (More)

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