Equipment used for testing anaerobic biodegradability and activity



Recently there has been a growing demand for information on the biodegradability and microbial toxicity of xenobiotic compounds. The environmental fate and effect of these chemicals in aerobic and anaerobic conditions has been extensively studied using a variety of different methods. This paper reviews the different protocols, equipment and instruments used in anaerobic biodegradation and activity tests, including the more sophisticated automated techniques recently developed. The different systems for detecting biogas production are given particular attention. As well as gasometric methods, the different instrumental techniques used to follow the fate of compounds under anaerobic conditions, via analysis of substrate consumption and product formation are evaluated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wastewater Treatment Unit, School of Applied SciencesUniversity of GlamorganPontypridd, Mid GlamorganUK

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