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Alicja Wysocka / Agata Olszyna / Iga Komorowska / Magdalena Popowska *

Keywords : aromatic nitrocompounds, the natural environment, microorganisms, biodegradation, bioremediation

Citation Information : Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology. Volume 56, Issue 3, Pages 289-305, DOI:

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Published Online: 22-May-2019



Nitroaromatic compounds are present in the environment mainly as industry products. They pose a serious risk to our health (often exhibiting strong mutagenic and carcinogenic effect) as well as to the environment. Most of the nitroaromatic compounds are stable due to considerable resistance to degradation and they persist in the environment for a long time. In this review, we present the current state of knowledge concerning biodegradation of nitroaromatic compounds. In the first part, general information regarding their proprieties, synthesis and sources as well as pathways of microbial aerobic or anaerobic degradation are described. In some cases microorganisms have evolved several pathways of degradation specific nitrocompound, for instance nitrobenzene, which we describe in detail. The second part of the publication focuses on environmental bioremediation of nitrocompounds.

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