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Degradation of phenol and its methylated homologues by Ochromonas danica.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/1997
<mark>Journal</mark>FEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number1
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)133-139
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Phenols are one of the most common groups of organic environmental pollutants. In this study, the catabolic versatility of the eukaryotic alga Ochromonas danica (CCAP 933/2B) to degrade mixtures of, rather than individual, phenols was examined. O. danica, after growth on phenol, was able to metabolise 2,5-, 2,6- and 3,5-xylenols only in the presence of phenol in the incubation medium. Once the phenol had been exhausted (2-3 h) from a phenolic mixture in the incubation media, there was a significant reduction in the rates of xylenol isomer removal and none of these xylenols (250 mu M) was completely utilised in 6 h. 3,4-Xylenol, however, was completely removed from the growth medium in 3 h, even though all the phenol had disappeared in 2 h.