The Scientific World Journal

The Scientific World Journal / 2002 / Article
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Analysis, Toxicity and Biodegradation of Organic Pollutants in Groundwater from Contaminated Land, Landfills and Sediments: Selected Peer-Reviewed

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Volume 2 |Article ID 346895 | 4 pages |

Polar Organic Pollutants in Groundwater: Experimental Approaches to Biodegradation During Subsoil Passage

Received12 Nov 2001
Revised05 Mar 2002
Accepted10 Mar 2002


A selection of polar organic compounds was investigated for their biodegradation on a laboratory scale fixed-bed bioreactor and the decline of the parent compounds besides the formation of metabolites was monitored. Of particular interest was the investigation into the degradation of pesticides, especially isoproturon (IPU), surfactants and industrial by-products of chemical synthesis. The results from the laboratory degradation experiments are compared to findings in groundwater.

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