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Journal of Environmental Science Engineering
Vol. 53, No: 1, 2011, Pages: 123-8

Bioremediation of distillery effluent by a consortium of microbial isolates

Saha BK, Parani K

Research and Development, Multiplex Biotech Pvt Ltd, Peenya 1st Stage, Bengaluru--560 058, Karnataka, India.


Microbial consortium was made for the bioremediation of distillery effluent. Consortium was made with a combination of three isolates of white rot fungus (WRF) and Pseudomonas sp and Aspergillus sp., which locally isolated from distillery effluent. Among WRF, Isolate--WR 3 produced maximum ligninolytic enzymes along with a combination of other fungal isolates. WR-3 produced maximum decolourization zone (32.0 mm) inoculated with Brillant blue dye plates within 15 days of incubation as compared with other WRF Isolates. It showed a highest lignolytic enzyme activity on 14th day in still flasks studies as compared to other WRF Isolates. The consortium of all the isolates including WRF 3 showed significantly better variations in reducing colour (85.4.%), dissolved sulphites (98.8%), sulphates (54.5%), COD (57.5%) and BOD (55.2%) respectively on 15 days of incubation compared to other isolates when used alone.

Keywords:bioremediation of distillery effluent;Pseudomonas sp;Aspergillus sp;maximum decolourization zone.



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