Decolourisation of synthetic textile dyes by Phlebia tremellosa

N Kirby, Roger Marchant, Geoffrey McMullan

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Phlebia tremellosa decolourised eight synthetic textile dyes (200 mg l(-1)) by greater than 96% within 14 days under stationary incubation conditions. High performance liquid chromatography analysis of culture supernatants indicated that Remazol Black B was degraded by the fungus, however, complete mineralisation did not occur as a colourless organic breakdown product accumulated. Laccase activity was detectable in culture supernatants after 5 days when the fungus was grown in the presence of an artificial textile effluent, with activity reaching a maximum of 15 U l(-1) on day 14. (C) 2000 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-96
JournalFems Microbiology Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Jul 2000


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