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Investigation of Methylene Blue Biosorption and Biodegradation by Bacillus thuringiensis 016

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In this work, the removal of methylene blue by Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) 016 was investigated through batch experiments and microscopic investigations. It was found that methylene blue could not affect the growth of B. thuringiensis 016 at the concentration ranging from 5 to 25 mg/L, and be removed with the increase of biomass. Further studies indicated that Bt 016 biomass possessed strong ability of methylene blue biosorption with a quick process. Twenty-five milligrams of methylene blue per liter could be completely biosorbed within 2 h. The pH value could affect the removal of methylene blue in a large extent. UV–visible, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy analyses, and microscopic investigations suggested that the removal of methylene blue could be divided into two steps as follows: (1) rapid biosorption of methylene blue on Bt 016 biomass through electrostatic attraction or chelating activity of functional groups; (2) methylene blue was further degraded by Bt 016 through enzyme-mediated or couple with the metabolism process.

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This work is supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program 863 (Grant No. 2011AA10A203), Project of Fujian-Taiwan Joint Center for Ecological Control of Crop Pests (Minjiaoke[2013]51), the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (No. 2010CB933501, 2013CB934302), National Natural Science Foundation of China (21477129), the Outstanding Youth Fund (21125730), and the Leading Talents of Fujian Province College (k8012012a).

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Chen, Z., Chen, H., Pan, X. et al. Investigation of Methylene Blue Biosorption and Biodegradation by Bacillus thuringiensis 016. Water Air Soil Pollut 226, 146 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-015-2417-3

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  • Methylene blue
  • Biosorption
  • Biodegradation
  • Bacillus thuringiensis