Biodegradation of Cellulosic Substrates
LOUISIANA STATE UNIV BATON ROUGE
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Mechanisms for accelerated biodegradation of cellulosic substrates have been examined, especially analyses and optimization of pre-treatment of the fiber prior to microbial digestion. Methodology has been developed for enumeration of cellulolytic microorganisms and quantitative evaluation of cellulose transformation in the environment. Enzymatic activities of specific microorganisms have been studied, along with effect of specific pollutants on in situ processes, particularly cellulose turnover. PCBs present in cellulosic wastes have been analyzed and schematics proposed for their removal. Overall data suggest that selected physicalbiodegradative techniques can be developed to accelerate rates of cellulose decomposition in the aqueous environment.
- Soil Mechanics
- Water Pollution and Control