Biodegradation of Three-and Four-ring Polycyclic aromatic Hydrocarbons Under Aerobic and Denitrifying Conditions
Environmental Science Technology
PAHs are thought to be particularly persistent in environments where anaerobic conditions exist. This study presents evidence for the biodegradation of three- and four-ringed PAHs (anthracene, phenanthrene, and pyrene) under strict anaerobic, denitrifying conditions. Three pseudomonad strains, isolated from contrasting environments, were used in this study. All three strains were known PAH degraders and denitrifiers.