Decolourisation of synthetic textile dyes by Phlebia tremellosa

Niamh Kirby, Roger Marchant, Geoffrey McMullan*

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Phlebia tremellosa decolourised eight synthetic textile dyes (200 mg l-1) by greater than 96% within 14 days under stationary incubation conditions. High performance liquid chromatography analysis of culture supernatants indicated that Remazol Black B was degraded by the fungus, however, complete mineralisation did not occur as a colourless organic breakdown product accumulated. Laccase activity was detectable in culture supernatants after 5 days when the fungus was grown in the presence of an artificial textile effluent, with activity reaching a maximum of 15 U l-1 on day 14. Copyright (C) 2000 Federation of European Microbiological Societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-96
Number of pages4
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Biodegradation
  • Decolorisation
  • Textile dye
  • White-rot fungus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology


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