Potential for anaerobic conversion of xenobiotics.

A. S. Mogensen*, J. Dolfing, F. Haagensen, B. K. 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
Pages (from-to)69-134
Number of pages66
JournalAdvances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


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