The anaerobic utilisation of cyanide in the presence of sugars by microbial cultures can involve an abiotic process.

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The degradation of cyanide under anaerobic conditions in the presence of a growing culture of a strain of Klebsiella planticola has been shown to be due to a chemical process dependent upon the presence of a reducing sugar in the medium. The conversion of cyanide to ammonia was independent of any biological factors under these conditions.

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@article{Hope1991TheAU, title={The anaerobic utilisation of cyanide in the presence of sugars by microbial cultures can involve an abiotic process.}, author={Katie M Hope and Christopher J. Knowles}, journal={FEMS microbiology letters}, year={1991}, volume={64 2-3}, pages={217-20} }