Experimental biofilm and its application in malathion degradation
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- Kumari, B., Guha, A., Pathak, M.G. et al. Folia Microbiol (1998) 43: 27. doi:10.1007/BF02815536
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Mixed bacterial culture consisting of three different strains ofMicrococcus sp. (AG 36, AG 94 and AG 98) and two strains ofPseudomonas sp. (AG 7 and AG 52) and its individual components was passed through a sand column and 25.5–92% of cell dry mass was found to be retained (adsorbed) on it. Incubation of sand soaked in mineral medium containing glucose as a sole carbon source resulted in formation of a biofilm with 1.2–2.5-fold increase in biomass. A 61% degradation of malathion by the mixed culture biofilm could be achieved in 4 d.