Application of Biosorption and Biodegradation Functions of Fungi in Wastewater and Sludge Treatment

  • Tao Lu
  • Qi-Lei Zhang
  • Shan-Jing YaoEmail author
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Wastewater and sewage treatment has always been one of the core problems of environmental protection as they contain a variety of harmful substances. Biological treatment is a relatively economical when comparing to the traditional physical and chemical processes. Biotechnology for water environment treatment attracted increasing attention in recent years. The utilization of biosorption and biodegradation functions of fungi in industrial wastewater disposal had been extensively studied and their great potential was demonstrated. However, most of these researches are still performed on a laboratory scale, and extensive pilot scale studies are essential for future industrial process applications. This article summarized the biosorption and biodegradation functions of fungi, including performances, mechanism studies and related influencing factors. The main goal of this text is to examine the situation and development trend of biological application of fungi in wastewater and sewage treatment.


Fungi Biosorption Biodegradation Wastewater treatment Dye Heavy metal Laccase 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Scientific Technology Program of Zhoushan City (2013C51021).


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