Acceleration of Nonylphenol and 4-tert-Octylphenol Degradation in Sediment by Phragmites australis and Associated Rhizosphere Bacteria

Department of Research, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, University of Yamanashi, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan.
Environmental Science and Technology (Impact Factor: 5.48). 08/2011; 45(15):6524-6530. DOI: 10.1021/es201061a

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