Oxidative microbial degradation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene via 3-methyl-4,6-dinitrocatechol.

  title={Oxidative microbial degradation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene via 3-methyl-4,6-dinitrocatechol.},
  author={Jacqueline Marie Tront and Joseph B. Hughes},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  volume={39 12},
A novel pathway for biodegradation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) was investigated where TNT was the sole carbon, nitrogen, and energy source. Results showed the ability of microorganismsto metabolize TNT through removal of a nitro-group, oxygenation of the aromatic ring, and production of a metabolite that is typically a precursor to oxygenolytic ring cleavage. Nitrite production was observed in active systems, and TNT degradation activity was repeatable and transferable. The metabolic… CONTINUE READING

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