Mass transfer limitation of microbial growth and pollutant degradation

@article{Harms1997MassTL,
  title={Mass transfer limitation of microbial growth and pollutant degradation},
  author={Herman H. Harms and Tom N. P. Bosma},
  journal={Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology},
  year={1997},
  volume={18},
  pages={97-105}
}
Organic pollutants in soil can be removed by biotechnological treatment. A limitation of this technology is the efficiency of biodegradation. In many cases, the bulk of the pollution can be removed but residual pollutants remain and biodegradation rates are slower than expected from laboratory trials. Low biodegradation rates are often a result of limited accessibility of the pollutants. Major reasons for the reduced bioavailability are the unequal spatial distribution of microorganisms and… CONTINUE READING

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