Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 20–33

Feasibility of bioremediation by white-rot fungi


  •  S. Pointing
    • Department of Ecology and Biodiversity, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong SAR, China

DOI: 10.1007/s002530100745

Cite this article as:
Pointing, S. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2001) 57: 20. doi:10.1007/s002530100745


The ligninolytic enzymes of white-rot fungi have a broad substrate specificity and have been implicated in the transformation and mineralization of organopollutants with structural similarities to lignin. This review presents evidence for the involvement of these enzymes in white-rot fungal degradation of munitions waste, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, bleach plant effluent, synthetic dyes, synthetic polymers, and wood preservatives. Factors relating to the feasibility of using white-rot fungi in bioremediation treatments for organopollutants are discussed.

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