Biotreatment Approach to Decolorizing Textile Waste Effluents
Hardin, Ian R.
Akin, Danny E.
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A very promising area for removing unwanted color from textile wastewater is biotreatment that is targeted at breaking down the dye molecules to basic elements (mineralizing them), and doing so in a way that has much less potential for environmental impact than conventional methods. Previous work in our laboratories demonstrated the success of using white rot fungi for this purpose. The nature of the degradation fragments produced is of great interest because of concern that these may increase the aquatic toxicity of the overall effluent. We report the development of method to identify the degradation products using thin layer chromatography, HPLC, capillary electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.