Research Journal of Applied Sciences

Year: 2007
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Page No. 156 - 159

Effectiveness of Some Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacteria in Primary Biodegradation of Anionic Synthetic Surfactant in Detergents

Authors : V.O. Ajibola, Z.H. Saeed and G.O. Inikori

Abstract: The efficiency of biodegradation of surface active agents by five bacteria strains was carried out on four anionic synthetic detergents found in the Nigerian Market. Biodegradation was carried by some strains of bacteria namely, Bacteroides fragilis, Peptostreptococcus, Clostridium botulinum, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Anaerobic and aerobic treatment systems were both effective in reducing the concentration of surfactants, however, anaerobic treatment generally produced the greatest removal. The results showed a removal rate of 99.9% by Bacteroides fragilis. The order of efficiency of the bacteria used was found to be: B. fragilis>C. botulinum>Peptostreptococcus sp., E. coli>S. aureus

How to cite this article:

Ajibola, V.O. , Z.H. Saeed and G.O. Inikori , 2007. Effectiveness of Some Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacteria in Primary Biodegradation of Anionic Synthetic Surfactant in Detergents . Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 2: 156-159.

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