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Bioresource Technology
Vol. 98, No: xx, 2007, Pages: : 2082–2088

Decolorization of textile azo dyes by newly isolated halophilic and halotolerant bacteria

S. Asada, M.A. Amoozegarb,*, A.A. Pourbabaeec, M.N. Sarboloukic, S.M.M. Dastgheibb

Institute of Environment & Resources, Technical University of Denmark, building 115, Bygningstorvet, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.


Studies were carried out on the decolorization of textile azo dyes by newly isolated halophilic and halotolerant bacteria. Among the 27 strains of halophilic and halotolerant bacteria isolated from effluents of textile industries, three showed remarkable ability in decolorizing the widely utilized azo dyes. Phenotypic characterization and phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rDNA sequence comparisons indicate that these strains belonged to the genus Halomonas. The three strains were able to decolorize azo dyes in a wide range of NaCl concentration (up to 20% w/v), temperature (25–40 oC), and pH (5–11) after 4 days of incubation in static culture. They could decolorize the mixture of dyes as well as pure dyes. These strains also readily grew in and decolorized the high concentrations of dye (5000 ppm) and could tolerate up to 10,000 ppm of the dye. UV–Vis analyses before and after decolorization and the colorless bacterial biomass after decolorization suggested that decolorization was due to biodegradation, rather than inactive surface adsorption. Analytical studies based on HPLC showed that the principal decolorization was reduction of the azo bond, followed by cleavage of the reduced bond.

Keywords:Biodegradation,Bioremediation,Halophilicbacteria,RemazolBlackB,Textileeffluents,Halomonas,16SrDNA sequence,bioremediation.

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E-mail: amozegar@khayam.ut.ac.ir


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