Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 56, Issue 1–2, pp 81–87

Microbial decolourisation and degradation of textile dyes

  •  G. McMullan
  •  C. Meehan
  •  A. Conneely
  •  N. Kirby
  •  T. Robinson
  •  P. Nigam
  •  I. Banat
  •  R. Marchant
  •  W. Smyth
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DOI: 10.1007/s002530000587

Cite this article as:
McMullan, G., Meehan, C., Conneely, A. et al. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2001) 56: 81. doi:10.1007/s002530000587

Abstract.

Dyes and dyestuffs find use in a wide range of industries but are of primary importance to textile manufacturing. Wastewater from the textile industry can contain a variety of polluting substances including dyes. Increasingly, environmental legislation is being imposed to control the release of dyes, in particular azo-based compounds, into the environment. The ability of microorganisms to decolourise and metabolise dyes has long been known, and the use of bioremediation based technologies for treating textile wastewater has attracted interest. Within this review, we investigate the mechanisms by which diverse categories of microorganisms, such as the white-rot fungi and anaerobic bacterial consortia, bring about the degradation of dyestuffs.

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© Springer-Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  •  G. McMullan
    • 1
  •  C. Meehan
    • 1
  •  A. Conneely
    • 1
  •  N. Kirby
    • 1
  •  T. Robinson
    • 2
  •  P. Nigam
    • 2
  •  I. Banat
    • 1
  •  R. Marchant
    • 1
  •  W. Smyth
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Environmental Studies, University of Ulster, Coleraine, County Londonderry, BT52 1SA, UK
  2. 2.School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, County Londonderry, BT52 1SA, UK

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