Extent of humification of anthracene, fluoranthene, and benzo[α]pyrene by Pleurotus ostreatus during growth in PAH-contaminated soils

Bill W. Bogan, R. T. Lamar, William D. Burgos, Ming Tien

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The white-rot fungus Pleurotus ostreatus catalysed some humification of anthracene, benzo[α]pyrene and fluoranthene in two polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated soils, one from a former manufactured gas facility and one from an abandoned electric coking plant. However, the extent of humification of PAH observed in these experiments was considerably less than that previously reported for other pollutants, such as chlorophenols. Addition of surfactants and related amendments significantly enhanced PAH removal from both soils by P. ostreatus, although humification of PAH was not always enhanced under these conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-254
Number of pages5
JournalLetters in Applied Microbiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 21 1999


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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