Pathway of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT) Degradation by Phanerochaete Chrysosporium

  • Jochen Michels
  • Gerhard Gottschalk
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 49)

Abstract

2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT) was the most important military explosive during World War II. It was released into the environment by contaminated wastewaters during production and by destruction of ammunition plants. It has become the predominant contaminant of soil and ground water at many munition production and processing sites in Germany and other countries. TNT is toxic to microorganisms (25), algae (55), and freshwater fish (34). Chronic exposure to TNT causes anemia (33) and toxic hepatitis to rats and humans (26). Its metabolic transformation products are also mutagenic in the Ames-Test (12).

Keywords

Lignin Peroxidase Phanerochaete Chrysosporium Ligninolytic Enzyme Veratryl Alcohol Nitro Toluene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jochen Michels
    • 1
  • Gerhard Gottschalk
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für MikrobiologieGeorg-August-Universität GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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