Biodegradation testing: So many tests but very little new innovation

Ji Dong Gu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Biodegradation tests have been conducted for testing the degradation of environmental pollutants for at least half a century, but little innovations and new information have been made available from the more recent efforts. In this context, substrate, microorganisms, enrichment and degradation are discussed critically to summarize the essential approaches for biodegradation testing and also the new directions in this area of research. The information intends to provide some essential assistance to individuals working on this topic in their research and applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-95
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Environmental Biotechnology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Biochemical pathway
  • Biodegradation
  • Bioremediation
  • Culture medium
  • Enrichment
  • Intermediates


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