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Biodegradation of phenols by microalgae


Two green microalgae, Ankistrodesmus braunii and Scenedesmus quadricauda, degraded phenols (each tested at 400 mg ml−1) selected from olive-oil mill wastewaters, within 5 days, with a removal greater than 70%. Green algae may, therefore, represent an alternative to other biological treatment used for the biodegradation of phenol-containing wastewaters.

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Pinto, G., Pollio, A., Previtera, L. et al. Biodegradation of phenols by microalgae. Biotechnology Letters 24, 2047–2051 (2002).

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