Degradation of chlorinated compounds by Penicillium camemberti in batch and up-flow column reactors

Taseli B., Gokcay C.

PROCESS BIOCHEMISTRY, vol.40, no.2, pp.917-923, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.procbio.2004.02.006
  • Title of Journal : PROCESS BIOCHEMISTRY
  • Page Numbers: pp.917-923
  • Keywords: chlorinated compounds, Penicillium camemberti, degradation, AOX, PENTACHLOROPHENOL, EFFLUENTS


A Penicillium camemberti strain isolated in this laboratory was studied for its ability to degrade chlorinated compounds including pentachlorophenol (PCP), 2-chlorophenol and trichloroacetic acid. The batch experiments were conducted in shake flasks using PCP as co-substrate resulting in around 56% PCP removal by the fungus. Experiments in shake flasks not containing acetate but Tween 80, produced 86% of PCP and 53% of 2-chlorophenol removals in 21 days. PCP was also fed to a column reactor with an adsorbable organic halogens (AOX) concentration of 63.4 mg/l. On the fourth day of operation, AOX removal was 77%, but this steadily dropped to 18.8% on the 18th day. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.