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POTENTIAL FUNGI FOR BIOREMEDIATION OF INDUSTRIAL EFFLUENTS

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Author(s): Vara Saritha | Avasn Maruthi | K. Mukkanti

Journal: BioResources
ISSN 1930-2126

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 8;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Marine fungus | Soil fungus | Paper mill effluent | Bioremediation | Enzyme assay

ABSTRACT
Two fungi (unidentified) were isolated from soil and marine environ-ments. These isolates were used for bioremediation of pulp and paper mill effluent at the laboratory scale. The treatment resulted in the reduction of color, lignin, and COD of the effluent in the order of 78.6%, 79.0%, and 89.4% in 21 days. A major part of reductions in these parameters occurred within 5 days of the treatment, which was also characterized by a steep decline in the pH of the effluent. The enzyme activity of these fungi was also tested, and the clearance zone was obtained in the plate assay.
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