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Biodegradation of soil-adsorbed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by the white rot fungus Pleurotus ostreatus



The white rot fungus, Pleurotus ostreatus , metabolized four soil adsorbed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: 50% of pyrene (0.1 mg g −1 dry soil), 68% of anthracene and 63% of phenanthrene were mineralized after 21 d. Biodegradation was increased to 75%, 80% and 75%, respectively of the initial concentration when 0.15% Tween 40 was added. Biodegradation of pyrene in the presence of surfactant and H 2 O 2 (1.0 mM) was 90%. Benz(a)pyrene was also oxidized by Pleurotus ostreatus but it is not mineralized.



Biotechnology LettersSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2000

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005663419547

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