Effects of some alkyl phenols on methanogenic degradation of phenol.

Y. T. Wang, M. T. Suidan, J. T. Pfeffer, I. Najm

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The effects of six phenolic compounds (o-, m-, and p-cresol and 2-, 3-, and 4-ethylphenol) on the anaerobic biodegradation of phenol was examined in batch methanogenic cultures. Results showed that ethylphenols were more inhibitory of phenol degradation than were cresols. The inhibitory effects of the three isomers of cresol and ethylphenol did not vary with the isomer but rather with the substituted functional group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1279
Number of pages3
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology


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