In Situ Biodegradation of Nitroaromatic Compounds in Soil
Annual rept. 15 Jun 1991-14 Jun 1992
IDAHO UNIV MOSCOW CENTER FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE REMEDIATION RESEARCH
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Investigations on the in situ biodegradation of nitroaromatic compounds have progressed nicely. Laboratory studies have identified the primary intermediate compounds from anaerobic metabolism to be hydroxyaromatic compounds that are all biodegradable. Studies have identified the environmental parameters affecting the initial transformation of TNT and RDX in anaerobic cultures. Optimum pH and temperature for biodegradation is a pH of 8 and temperatures of 25-35 degrees C. Microbiological studies will continue to determine ways of enhancing the biodegradation of these compounds.
- Organic Chemistry
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control