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Free Content Mycoremediation (bioremediation with fungi) – growing mushrooms to clean the earth

Some of the prospects of using fungi, principally white-rot fungi, for cleaning contaminated land are surveyed. That whiterot fungi are so effective in degrading a wide range of organic molecules is due to their release of extra-cellular ligninmodifying enzymes, with a low substrate-specificity, so they can act upon various molecules that are broadly similar to lignin. The enzymes present in the system employed for degrading lignin include lignin-peroxidase (LiP), manganese peroxidase (MnP), various H2O2 producing enzymes and laccase. The degradation can be augmented by adding carbon sources such as sawdust, straw and corn cob at polluted sites.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2014

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