Potential for anaerobic conversion of xenobiotics

Anders Skibsted Mogensen, J. Dolfing, Frank Haagensen, Birgitte Kiær Ahring

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    This review covers the latest research on the anaerobic biodegradation of aromatic xenobiotic compounds, with emphasis on surfactants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalate esters, polychlorinated biphenyls, halogenated phenols, and pesticides. The versatility of anaerobic reactor systems regarding the treatment of xenobiotics is shown with the focus on the UASB reactor, but the applicability of other reactor designs for treatment of hazardous waste is also included. Bioaugmentation has proved to be a viable technique to enhance a specific activity in anaerobic reactors and recent research on reactor and in situ bioaugmentation is reported.
    Original languageEnglish
    Book seriesAdvances in biochemical engineering/biotechnology
    Pages (from-to)69-134
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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