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Anaerobic Biodegradation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Pathways and Prospects

Foght J.

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Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alta., Canada

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Julia Foght

Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alta. T6G 2E9 (Canada)

Tel. +1 780 492 3279, Fax +1 780 492 9234, E-Mail julia.foght@ualberta.ca

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Abstract

Aromatic hydrocarbons contaminate many environments worldwide, and their removal often relies on microbial bioremediation. Whereas aerobic biodegradation has been well studied for decades, anaerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation is a nascent field undergoing rapid shifts in concept and scope. This review presents known metabolic pathways used by microbes to degrade aromatic hydrocarbons using various terminal electron acceptors; an outline of the few catabolic genes and enzymes currently characterized; and speculation about current and potential applications for anaerobic degradation of aromatic hydrocarbons.

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Published online: July 28, 2008
Issue release date: August 2008

Number of Print Pages: 28
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1464-1801 (Print)
eISSN: 1660-2412 (Online)

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