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Folia Microbiol (Praha). 2004;49(1):41-5.

Isolation and selection of phenol-degrading microorganisms from industrial wastewaters and kinetics of the biodegradation.

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  • 1Faculdade de Engenharia de Alimentos, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, 13083-970 Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.


Among 22 species of microorganisms isolated from phenol-containing wastewaters, Candida parapsilopsis was found to be capable of growth on a medium with 1 g/L phenol. Kinetic parameters of phenol biodegradation in a batch reactor were determined by measuring biomass growth rates and phenol concentration as a function of fermentation time. The Haldane equation described cell growth adequately, with kinetic constants mumax = 0.174/h, KS = 11.2 mg/L and Ki = 298 mg/L.

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