Microbial degradation of [C14C]polystyrene and 1,3-diphenylbutane.


Microbial degradation of [beta-14C]polystyrene and 1,3-diphenylbutane, a compound structurally representing the smallest repeating unit of styrene (dimer), was investigated in soil and liquid enrichment cultures. Degradation rates in soil, as determined by 14CO2 evolution from applied [14C]polystyrene, varied from 1.5 to 3.0% for a 4-month period. Although… (More)


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