Inhibition of anaerobic microbial o-xylene degradation by toluene in sulfidogenic sediment columns and pure cultures.

@article{Meckenstock2004InhibitionOA,
  title={Inhibition of anaerobic microbial o-xylene degradation by toluene in sulfidogenic sediment columns and pure cultures.},
  author={Rainer U Meckenstock and Rolf J Warthmann and Wolfgang Schaefer},
  journal={FEMS microbiology ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={47 3},
  pages={381-6}
}
It is frequently observed in aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene (BTEX)-contaminated aquifers that toluene degrades faster than xylenes and benzene. In sediment column experiments which were run with a mixture of BTEX compounds toluene degradation started after a lag period of several weeks. When we omitted toluene from the culture medium o-xylene degradation started. Xylene degradation could be inhibited by adding toluene back to the medium and could be… CONTINUE READING

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