Rapid assay for screening and characterizing microorganisms for the ability to degrade polychlorinated biphenyls.

@article{Bedard1986RapidAF,
  title={Rapid assay for screening and characterizing microorganisms for the ability to degrade polychlorinated biphenyls.},
  author={Donna L. Bedard and R R Unterman and Lawrence H. Bopp and Michael W. Brennan and Marie L. Haberl and Chaline Johnson},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={1986},
  volume={51 4},
  pages={761-8}
}
We designed a rapid assay that assesses the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-degradative competence and congener specificity of aerobic microorganisms, identifies strains capable of degrading highly chlorinated biphenyls, and distinguishes among those that degrade PCBs by alternative pathways. Prior attempts to assay PCB-degradative competence by measuring disappearance of Aroclors (commercial PCB mixtures) have frequently produced false-positive findings because of volatilization, adsorption, or… CONTINUE READING
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