||Biodegradation of Environmental Pollutants by the White Rot Fungus 'Phanerochaete chrysosporium': Involvement of the Lignin Degrading System.
Bumpus, J. A. ;
Aust, S. D. ;
||Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Biochemistry.;Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. Risk Reduction Engineering Lab.
Environmental pollutants ;
Molecular structure ;
Waste treatment ;
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The white-rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium has the ability to degrade a wide variety of structurally diverse organic compounds, including a number of environmentally persistent organopollutants. The unique biodegradative abilities of this fungus appears to be dependent upon its lignin-degrading system. The non-specific and partially extracellular nature of this system suggests that it may be useful as a supplementary means to treat organochemical wastes.