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Anaerobic degradation of halogenated aromatic compounds

Abstract

Recent microbiological findings show how compounds, regarded hitherto as unusual substrates for anaerobic bacteria, are degraded under anaerobic conditions. The complete conversion of halobenzoic acids and halophenolic compounds to methane by lake sediment and sewage sludge microorganisms has been demonstrated. Since haloaromatic compounds are widely used and may be found in such effluents as those from the forest industry, these studies could stimulate a broader interest in anaerobic treatment of industrial waste waters which contain unusual organic compounds.

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Sahm, H., Brunner, M. & Schoberth, S.M. Anaerobic degradation of halogenated aromatic compounds. Microb Ecol 12, 147–153 (1986). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02153230

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Keywords

  • Methane
  • Waste Water
  • Sludge
  • Sewage
  • Anaerobic Condition