Biodegradation kinetics of tetrahydrofuran, benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene as multi-substrate by Pseudomonas oleovorans DT4

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© 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The biodegradation kinetics of tetrahydrofuran, benzene (B), toluene (T), and ethylbenzene (E) were systematically investigated individually and as mixtures by a series of aerobic batch degradation experiments initiated by Pseudomonas oleovorans DT4. The Andrews model parameters, e.g., maximum specific growth rates (μmax), half saturation, and substrate inhibition constant, were obtained from single-substrate experiments. The interaction parameters in the sum kinetics model (SKIP) were obtained from the dual substrates. The μmax value of 1.01 for tetrahydrofuran indicated that cell growth using tetrahydrofuran as carbon source was faster than the growth on B (μmax, B = 0.39) or T (μmax, T = 0.39). The interactions in the dual-substrate experiments, including genhancement, inhibition, and co-metabolism, in the mixtures of tetrahydrofuran with B or T or E were identified. The degradation of the four compounds existing simultaneously could be predicted by the combination of SKIP and co-metabolism models. This study is the first to quantify the interactions between tetrahydrofuran and BTE.

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Chen, D. Z., Ding, Y. F., Zhou, Y. Y., Ye, J. X., & Chen, J. M. (2014). Biodegradation kinetics of tetrahydrofuran, benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene as multi-substrate by Pseudomonas oleovorans DT4. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(1), 371–384. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph120100371

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