Biodegradation and Bioremediation of Explosives

  • Jian-Shen Zhao
  • Diane Fournier
  • Sonia Thiboutot
  • Guy Ampleman
  • Jalal Hawari
Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 1)


Explosives are highly energetic chemicals that release large amounts of energy and gaseous products upon detonation in a short period of time. The history of explosives dates back to the development of black powder long before the industrial revolution started in Europe (Linder et al. 1980). Some of the most frequently manufactured and used secondary explosives include 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), dinitrotoluenes (DNT),1,3,5-trinitrobenzene(TNB),N,2,4,6-tetranitro-N-methylaniline (tetryl), trinitroglycerine (TNG), nitroguanidine (NQ), ethylene glycol dinitrate (EGDN), nitrocellulose (NC), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), glycidyl azide polymer (GAP), hexahydro=1,3,5-trinitrio-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocine (HMX) and 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20) (Fig. 1).


Phanerochaete Chrysosporium Nitroaromatic Compound Glycidyl Azide Polymer Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate Strain DN22 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian-Shen Zhao
    • 1
  • Diane Fournier
    • 1
  • Sonia Thiboutot
    • 2
  • Guy Ampleman
    • 2
  • Jalal Hawari
    • 1
  1. 1.Biotechnology Research InstituteNational Research Council of CanadaMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Department of National DefenseDefense Research Establishment ValcartierQuébecCanada

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