Decolourisation of effluent from the textile industry by a microbial consortium.

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Abstract

A microbial consortium, PDW, was isolated capable of the rapid decolourisation of commercially important textile dyes under anaerobic conditions. Decolourisation was dependent upon the presence of a carbon and energy source in addition to the textile dyes. PDW was capable of dye decolourisation when utilising cheap and readily available carbon sources such lactose, starch and distillery waste. PDW removed 76% of colour from textile plant effluent after 3 days.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1996

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