The isolation of thermophilic bacterial cultures capable of textile dyes decolorization

Ibrahim M. Banat, P. Nigam, G. McMullan, R. Marchant, Dave Singh

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Two facultative anaerobic bacterial cultures, a mixed one (BMM) and a pure one (DTB), both capable of decolorizing textile dyes, were isolated through enrichment on yeast extract containing mineral media inoculated with textile dyes' discharge effluent. Both cultures were capable of growth and decolorization at elevated temperatures up to 60°C. The percentage of dyes decolorization achieved varied between 67-84% and 70-99% by BMM and DTB cultures, respectively, under anaerobic conditions and at 50°C. Growth was best under aerobic conditions and at its optimum at 55°C. Both cultures have potential industrial applications, in treatment systems dealing with effluent generated by industries concerned with the decolorization or treatment of textile dyes effluents normally discharged at elevated temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-551
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironment International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)

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