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E3 Journal of Environmental Research and Management

E3 Journal of Environmental Research and Management Vol. 1 (1) pp. 001-004, October 2010; © E3 Journals; ISSN 2141-7466

Biological Decolourization of Higher Concentrations of Synthetic Lignin by Native Fungi

V. Saritha * , Y. AVASN Maruthi , K. Mukkanti
Department of Environmental Studies, GITAM Institute of Science, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam-45, A.P
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Accepted 1 October 2010


Lignin is an organic compound abundantly found in wood. Degradation of lignin poses major problems for paper mill industries all over the world with regard to the dark- brown color of lignin in wastewater, which is also a major problem facing the environment today. The decolourization capability was tested with species like Phanerocheate chrysosporium, Trametes hirsuta and an isolated native Marine fungi – M1 using synthetic lignin. The result showed that, isolated strain decreased the lignin color by up to 20% after cultivation for 7 days. Where the decolourisation ability of the fungi Phanerocheate chrysosporium and Trametes hirsuta was observed to 80 and 70% respectively.

Keywords: Lignin, decolourisation, Phanerocheate chrysosporium, Trametes hirsuta

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