Biodegradation (Biodegradation)

Publisher: Kluwer Online, Springer Verlag

Journal description

Biodegradation publishes papers on all aspects of science pertaining to the detoxification recycling amelioration or treatment of waste materials and pollutants by naturally-occurring microbial strains or associations or recombinant organisms. Areas of particular interest include: biochemistry of biodegradative pathways genetics of biodegradative organisms and the development of recombinant biodegrading organisms enhancement of naturally-occurring biodegradative properties and activities applications of biodegradation and biotransformation technology e.g. to sewage heavy metals organohalogens high-COD wastes straight- branched-chain and aromatic hydrocarbons modelling and scale-up of laboratory processes and design of bioreactor systems international standardisation economic and legal aspects of biological treatment of waste. Subscribers to Antonie van Leeuwenhoek will receive Biodegradation as a supplementary volume included in their subscription at a reduced price. Biodegradation can also be purchased separately.

Current impact factor: 2.34

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.336
2013 Impact Factor 2.492
2012 Impact Factor 2.173
2011 Impact Factor 2.017
2010 Impact Factor 2.012
2009 Impact Factor 1.873
2008 Impact Factor 2.055
2006 Impact Factor 1.579
2005 Impact Factor 1.714
2004 Impact Factor 1.388
2003 Impact Factor 0.819
2002 Impact Factor 1.023
2001 Impact Factor 0.831
2000 Impact Factor 1.109
1999 Impact Factor 0.785
1998 Impact Factor 1.054
1997 Impact Factor 1.571
1996 Impact Factor 1.971
1995 Impact Factor 1.466

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 2.23
Cited half-life 7.30
Immediacy index 0.19
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.56
Website Biodegradation website
Other titles Biodegradation (Dordrecht: En ligne), Biodegradation, Biodegradation (Dordrecht) [ressource électronique]
ISSN 1572-9729
OCLC 299862581
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the possibility of links between the biological immobilization of uranium (U) and ammonium oxidation under iron (Fe) reducing conditions. The recently-identified Acidimicrobiaceae bacterium A6 (ATCC, PTA-122488) derives energy from ammonium oxidation coupled with Fe reduction. This bacterium has been found in various soil and wetland environments, including U-contaminated wetland sediments. Incubations of Acidimicrobiaceae bacteria A6 with nontronite, an Fe(III)-rich clay, and approximately 10 µM U indicate that these bacteria can use U(VI) in addition to Fe(III) as an electron acceptor in the presence of ammonium. Measurements of Fe(II) production and ammonium oxidation support this interpretation. Concentrations of approximately 100 µM U were found to entirely inhibit Acidimicrobiaceae bacteria A6 activity. These results suggest that natural sites of active ammonium oxidation under Fe reducing conditions by Acidimicrobiaceae bacteria A6 could be hotspots of U immobilization by bioreduction. This is the first report of biological U reduction that is not coupled to carbon oxidation.
    Biodegradation 11/2015; 26(6). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9749-y
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    ABSTRACT: The bioaugmentation strains for phenol, pyridine, quinoline, carbazole, and naphthalene degradation were employed to treat coking wastewater in a membrane bioreactor (MBR). The results showed that the bioaugmented MBR was much better in pollutant removal than that of the control MBR with conventional activated sludge. Compared to the control MBR, the bioaugmented MBR displayed an additional 3.2 mg/L of phenol, pyridine, quinoline, naphthalene and carbazole in total by the addition of the degrading strains. Also, about 10 % of the chemical oxygen demand in the effluent was further removed by the bioaugmentation. The pyrosequencing analysis of the sludge in the MBRs revealed that the microbial community shifted in response to the addition of the degrading strains. The diversity of the microbial community increased during the bioaugmentation, and some bacterial taxa favorable to the removal of toxic and refractory pollutants appeared in the bioaugmented MBR. The results indicated that the use of high-efficiency bacteria was a feasible method for industrial coking wastewater treatment.
    Biodegradation 10/2015; 26(6). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9748-z
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    ABSTRACT: In situ bioaugmentation with aerobic hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX)-degrading bacteria is being considered for treatment of explosives-contaminated groundwater at Umatilla Chemical Depot, Oregon (UMCD). Two forced-gradient bacterial transport tests of site groundwater containing chloride or bromide tracer and either a mixed culture of Gordonia sp. KTR9 (xplA +KmR), Rhodococcus jostii RHA1 (pGKT2 transconjugant; xplA +KmR) and Pseudomonas fluorescens I-C (xenB +), or a single culture of Gordonia sp. KTR9 (xplA +; i.e. wild-type) were conducted at UMCD. Groundwater monitoring evaluated cell viability and migration in the injection well and downgradient monitoring wells. Enhanced degradation of RDX was not evaluated in these demonstrations. Quantitative PCR analysis of xplA, the kanamycin resistance gene (aph), and xenB indicated that the mixed culture was transported at least 3 m within 2 h of injection. During a subsequent field injection of bioaugmented groundwater, strain KTR9 (wild-type) migrated up to 23-m downgradient of the injection well within 3 days. Thus, the three RDX-degrading strains were effectively introduced and transported within the UMCD aquifer. This demonstration represents an innovative application of bioaugmentation to potentially enhance RDX biodegradation in aerobic aquifers.
    Biodegradation 10/2015; 26(6). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9746-1
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    ABSTRACT: 2,4,6-TCP, a kind of chlorinated aromatic and aliphatic compound, is difficult to be biodegraded by ordinary microorganisms. UV photolysis and biodegradation of 2,4,6-TCP by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens intimate coupling is a potential means to accelerate its biotransformation. The initial steps of 2,4,6-TCP biodegradation involve mono-oxygenation reactions that have molecular oxygen and an intracellular electron carrier as cosubstrates. It was demonstrated that B. amyloliquefaciens has the 2,4,6-TCP monooxygenase gene tcpA which could encode 2,4,6-TCP monooxygenase (TCP-MO). TCP-MO would catalytically decompose 2,4,6-TCP into 2,6-DCHQ. We employed an internal loop photolytic biofilm reactor for 2,4,6-TCP degradation. Sequentially coupled photolysis and biodegradation experimental results suggested that 2,4,6-TCP removal rate in P + B (TCP(UV) + phenol) protocol was higher by 77 and 103 % when compared to B (TCP + phenol) and B (TCP-only) protocols respectively. The corresponding loss rate coefficient (k) values were 0.069, 0.039, 0.034 mg/L·min(-1) respectively. This is because UV photolysis converted 2,4,6-TCP into its intermediates: 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), 4-monochlorophenol (4-MCP), phenol, 2,6-dichloro-p-hydroquinone (2,6-DCHQ), with all displaying less inhibition to bacterial action. In addition, phenol was the crucial UV-photolysis product from 2,4,6-TCP, its catabolic oxidation generating internal electron carriers that may accelerate the initial steps of 2,4,6-TCP biodegradation. Intimately coupled photolysis and biodegradation experimental results suggested that 2,4,6-TCP removal rate in P&B (TCP + phenol) protocol was higher by 166 and 681 % when compared to P&B (TCP-only) and P + B protocols respectively. The corresponding loss rate coefficient (k) values were 0.539, 0.203, 0.069 mg/L·min(-1) respectively. It provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that intimately coupled photolysis and biodegradation accelerated 2,4,6-TCP removal much faster than sequentially coupled photolysis and biodegradation. In addition, oxidation of phenol was the mechanism by which intimately coupled photolysis and biodegradation accelerated rapid 2,4,6-TCP removal producing electron equivalents that stimulated the initial mono-oxygenation reactions for 2,4,6-TCP biodegradation. It is important to note that 2,6-DCHQ (produced from UV-photolysis products or initial mono-oxygenation reactions) would be catalytically decomposed into 6-chlorohydroxyquinol (6-CHQ). Based on this, a tentative reaction mechanism for the photo-biodegradation 2,4,6-TCP was proposed.
    Biodegradation 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9743-4
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    ABSTRACT: Sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) mediated treatment of acid mine drainage is considered as a globally accepted technology. However, inadequate information on the role of nitrogen source in the augmentation of SRB significantly affects the overall treatment process. Sustenance of SRB depends on suitable nitrogen source which is considered as an important nutrient. This review focuses on the different nitrogen rich growth substrates for their effectiveness to support SRB growth and sulfate reduction in passive bioreactors. Compounds like NH4Cl, NH4HCO3, NO3 (-), aniline, tri-nitrotoluene, cornsteep liquor, peptone, urea, and chitin are reported to have served as nitrogen source for SRB. In association with fermentative bacteria, SRB can metabolize these complex compounds to NH4 (+), amines, and amino acids. After incorporation into cells, these compounds take part in the biosynthesis of nucleic acids, amino acids and enzyme co-factor. This work describes the status of current and the probable directions of the future research.
    Biodegradation 09/2015; 26(6). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9745-2
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    ABSTRACT: Dimethyl phthalate (DMP), an important industrial raw material, is an endocrine disruptor of concern for human and environmental health. DMP exhibits slow biodegradation, and its coupled treatment by means of advanced oxidation may enhance its biotransformation and mineralization. We evaluated two ways of coupling UV-H2O2 advanced oxidation to biodegradation: sequential coupling and intimate coupling in an internal circulation baffled biofilm reactor (ICBBR). During sequential coupling, UV-H2O2 pretreatment generated carboxylic acids that depressed the pH, and subsequent biodegradation generated phthalic acid; both factors inhibited DMP biodegradation. During intimately coupled UV-H2O2 with biodegradation, carboxylic acids and phthalic acid (PA) did not accumulate, and the biodegradation rate was 13 % faster than with biodegradation alone and 78 % faster than with biodegradation after UV-H2O2 pretreatment. Similarly, DMP oxidation with intimate coupling increased by 5 and 39 %, respectively, compared with biodegradation alone and sequential coupling. The enhancement effects during intimate coupling can be attributed to the rapid catabolism of carboxylic acids, which generated intracellular electron carriers that directly accelerated di-oxygenation of PA and relieved the inhibition effect of PA and low pH. Thus, intimate coupling optimized the impacts of energy input from UV irradiation used together with biodegradation.
    Biodegradation 09/2015; 26(6). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9744-3
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    ABSTRACT: Assimilable organic carbon (AOC) is one of the major determinants of microbial growth and stability in drinking water distribution systems. Nevertheless, AOC measurements are rarely conducted in practice owing, in part, to the tedious and time-consuming nature of the bioassay. Herein, we compared three alternative cell count approaches [flow cytometry with staining (FC-S), flow cytometry without staining (FC-NS), and particle counting (Coulter counter; CC)] for bacterial enumeration as a means to expedite the AOC bioassay. Our results suggest that of the three methods only FC-S provides a suitable alternative to plate counting for rapid and accurate enumeration of both P17 and NOX in the AOC bioassay. While the cell counts obtained by FC-NS were linearly correlated with those obtained using the traditional heterotrophic plate count (HPC) method (FC-NS: R2 = 0.89–0.96), the AOC values obtained by FC-NS were overestimated by 18–57 %. The CC approach was unsuccessful in enumerating Spirillum strain NOX cells because of the relatively small size of that organism. The CC counts were linearly correlated with HPC for Pseudomonas fluorescens strain P-17 (P17) cells (R2 = 0.83) but like FC-NS, the CC approach also overestimated the AOC values (for P-17). The advantage of the FC-S method over the other two is improved sensitivity and the ability to specifically enumerate whole cells (and likely viable) as opposed to non-viable cells, cell debris, and other contaminating particles introduced by the test water itself or sample handling.
    Biodegradation 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9741-6
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    ABSTRACT: This study focused on evaluating the toxicity as well as primary and ultimate biodegradability of morpholinium herbicidal ionic liquids (HILs), which incorporated MCPA, MCPP, 2,4-D or Dicamba anions. The studied HILs were also subjected to determination of surface active properties in order to assess their influence on toxicity and biodegradability. The study was carried out with microbiota isolated from different environmental niches: sediments from river channel, garden soil, drainage trench collecting agricultural runoff stream, agricultural soil and municipal waste repository. The obtained results revealed that resistance to toxicity and biodegradation efficiency of the microbiota increased in the following order: microbiota from the waste repository > microbiota from agricultural soil ≈ microbiota from an agricultural runoff stream > microbiota from garden soil > microbiota from the river sludge. It was observed that the toxicity of HILs increased with the hydrophobicity of the cation, however the influence of the anion was more notable. The highest toxicity was observed when MCPA was used as the anion (EC50 values ranging from 60 to 190 mg L(-1)). The results of ultimate biodegradation tests indicated that only HILs with 2,4-D as the anion were mineralized to some extent, with slightly higher values for HILs with the 4-decyl-4-ethylmorpholinium cation (10-31 %) compared to HILs with the 4,4-didecylmorpholinium cation (9-20 %). Overall, the cations were more susceptible (41-94 %) to primary biodegradation compared to anions (0-61 %). The obtained results suggested that the surface active properties of the studied HILs may influence their toxicity and biodegradability by bacteria in different environmental niches.
    Biodegradation 06/2015; 26(4). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9737-2
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    ABSTRACT: This is the first study to report that bacteria from the genera Ochrobactrum, Brevundimonas and Bacillus can be isolated by growth on naphthenic acids (NAs) extracted from oil sands process water (OSPW). These pure cultures were screened for their ability to use a range of aliphatic, cyclic and aromatic NA surrogates in 96-well microtiter plates using water-soluble tetrazolium redox dyes (Biolog Redox Dye H) as the indicator of metabolic activity. Of the three cultures, Ochrobactrum showed most metabolic activity on the widest range of NA surrogates. Brevundomonas and especially Ochrobactrum had higher metabolic activity on polycyclic aromatic compounds than other classes of NA surrogates. Bacillus also oxidized a wide range of NA surrogates but not as well as Ochrobactrum. Using this method to characterize NA utilisation, one can identify which NAs or NA classes in OSPW are more readily degraded. Since aromatic NAs have been shown to have an estrogenic effect and polycyclic monoaromatic compounds have been suggested to pose the greatest environmental threat among the NAs, these bacterial genera may play an important role in detoxification of OSPW. Furthermore, this study demonstrates that bacteria belonging to the genera Ochrobactrum and Bacillus can also degrade surrogates of tricyclic NAs.
    Biodegradation 06/2015; 26(4). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9736-3
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    ABSTRACT: Aerobic degradation of bis-aryl ethers like the antimicrobial triclosan typically proceeds through oxygenase-dependent catabolic pathways. Although several studies have reported on bacteria capable of degrading triclosan aerobically, there are no reports describing the genes responsible for this process. In this study, a gene encoding the large subunit of a putative triclosan oxygenase, designated tcsA was identified in a triclosan-degrading fosmid clone from a DNA library of Sphingomonas sp. RD1. Consistent with tcsA's similarity to two-part dioxygenases, a putative FMN-dependent ferredoxin reductase, designated tcsB was found immediately downstream of tcsA. Both tcsAB were found in the midst of a putative chlorocatechol degradation operon. We show that RD1 produces hydroxytriclosan and chlorocatechols during triclosan degradation and that tcsA is induced by triclosan. This is the first study to report on the genetics of triclosan degradation.
    Biodegradation 05/2015; 26(3). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9730-9
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    ABSTRACT: Agricultural soils are usually co-contaminated with organophosphate (OP) and pyrethroid pesticides. To develop a stable and marker-free Pseudomonas putida for co-expression of two pesticide-degrading enzymes, we constructed a suicide plasmid with expression cassettes containing a constitutive promoter J23119, an OP-degrading gene (mpd), a pyrethroid-hydrolyzing carboxylesterase gene (pytH) that utilizes the upp gene as a counter-selectable marker for upp-deficient P. putida. By introduction of suicide plasmid and two-step homologous recombination, both mpd and pytH genes were integrated into the chromosome of a robust soil bacterium P. putida KT2440 and no selection marker was left on chromosome. Functional expression of mpd and pytH in P. putida KT2440 was demonstrated by Western blot analysis and enzyme activity assays. Degradation experiments with liquid cultures showed that the mixed pesticides including methyl parathion, fenitrothion, chlorpyrifos, permethrin, fenpropathrin, and cypermethrin (0.2 mM each) were degraded completely within 48 h. The inoculation of engineered strain (10(6) cells/g) to soils treated with the above mixed pesticides resulted in a higher degradation rate than in noninoculated soils. All six pesticides could be degraded completely within 15 days in fumigated and nonfumigated soils with inoculation. Theses results highlight the potential of the engineered strain to be used for in situ bioremediation of soils co-contaminated with OP and pyrethroid pesticides.
    Biodegradation 04/2015; 26(3). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9729-2
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    ABSTRACT: The nitramine explosive hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) has contaminated many military sites. Recently, attempts to remediate these sites have focused on biostimulation to promote RDX biodegradation. Although many RDX degrading isolates have been obtained in the laboratory, little is known about the potential of microorganisms to degrade this chemical while existing in a soil community. The current study examined and compared the RDX degrading communities in four soil slurries to elucidate the potential of natural systems to degrade this chemical. These soils were selected as they had no previous exposure to RDX, therefore their microbial communities offered an excellent baseline to determine changes following RDX degradation. High throughput sequencing was used to determine which phylotypes experienced an increase in relative abundance following RDX degradation. For this, total genomic DNA was sequenced from (1) the initial soil, (2) soil slurry microcosms following RDX degradation and (3) control soil slurry microcosms without RDX addition. The sequencing data provided valuable information on which phylotypes increased in abundance following RDX degradation compared to control microcosms. The most notable trend was the increase in abundance of Brevundimonas and/or unclassified Bacillaceae 1 in the four soils studied. Although isolates of the family Bacillaceae 1 have previously been linked to RDX degradation, isolates of the genus Brevundimonas have not been previously associated with RDX degradation. Overall, the data suggest these two phylotypes have key roles in RDX degradation in soil communities.
    Biodegradation 04/2015; 26(3). DOI:10.1007/s10532-015-9731-8