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Microbial degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls

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Show simple item record Mustapha, Shubnum 2007-11-07T08:57:16Z 2007-11-07T08:57:16Z 2007
dc.identifier.other 308510
dc.description Thesis (M.Tech.: Biotechnology)-Dept. of Biotechnology, Durban University of Technology, 2007 xxi, 117 leaves en
dc.description.abstract The aromatic compounds Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are one of the largest groups of environmental pollutants. The greatest concern is the release of PCBs in the water systems by industrial effluent, accidental spillages or leaks. PCBs are able to bioaccumulate in the fatty tissues of animals, fish and humans. The impact on human health due to PCBs has prompted interest in their degradation. The application of microbial degradation of PCBs can transform many PCB metabolites. There are a wide variety of microorganisms that can degrade PCBs or utilise them as sole carbon sources. This study focused on isolating microrganisms from industrial wastewater capable of aerobic degradation of PCBs. The degradation potential of the selected isolates were investigated by using different analytical techniques viz. ultra violet or visible spectrophotometer (UV/Vis), thin layer chromatography (TLC) and gas chromatography electron capture detector (GC-ECD). en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Polychlorinated biphenyls--Biodegradation en
dc.subject Organochlorine compounds--Biodegradation en
dc.subject Bioremediation en
dc.subject Water--Microbiology en
dc.subject Sewage--Purification en
dc.subject Sewage--Biotechnology en
dc.subject Hazardous wastes--Biodegradation en
dc.subject Biotechnology--Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title Microbial degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-002358

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