Microbial transformation and degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls.

  title={Microbial transformation and degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls.},
  author={James A. Field and Reyes Sierra-{\'A}lvarez},
  journal={Environmental pollution},
  volume={155 1},
This paper reviews the potential of microorganisms to transform polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). In anaerobic environments, higher chlorinated biphenyls can undergo reductive dehalogenation. Meta- and para-chlorines in PCB congeners are more susceptible to dechlorination than ortho-chlorines. Anaerobes catalyzing PCB dechlorination have not been isolated in pure culture but there is strong evidence from enrichment cultures that some Dehalococcoides spp. and other microorganisms within the… CONTINUE READING
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