The white-rot fungus Pleurotus ostreatus catalysed some humification of anthracene, benzo[α]pyrene and fluoranthene in two polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated soils, one from a former manufactured gas facility and one from an abandoned electric coking plant. However, the extent of humification of PAH observed in these experiments was considerably less than that previously reported for other pollutants, such as chlorophenols. Addition of surfactants and related amendments significantly enhanced PAH removal from both soils by P. ostreatus, although humification of PAH was not always enhanced under these conditions.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology