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Metabolism of phenols by Ochromonas-danica.

Semple, Kirk T. and Cain, Ronald B. (1995) Metabolism of phenols by Ochromonas-danica. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 133 (3). pp. 253-257. ISSN 0378-1097

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Abstract

This study investigated the catabolic potential of a eukaryotic alga to degrade one of the most common organic pollutants, phenol. The alga, Ochromonas danica (993/28), was selected for study after screening for its heterotrophic capabilities. The catabolic versatility of the alga was elucidated by incubating with a variety of phenolic compounds. The alga removed phenol, all the cresol isomers and 3,4-xylenol from its incubation media, with phenol being removed more rapidly than any of its methylated homologues. Consequently, the alga was found to have a greater specificity for phenol than for o- or p-cresols. This study shows that O. danica could catabolize phenol and its methylated homologues.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Uncontrolled Keywords: OCHROMONAS DANICA ; PHENOL ; CRESOL ; XYLENOL ; CATABOLISM
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 18607
Deposited By: Prof Kirk T. Semple
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2008 13:06
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:19
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/18607

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