Biodegradation of trichloroethylene in finished compost materials

Maribeth E Watwood, S. Sukesan

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Focuses on the capacities of five different finished compost materials to remove TCE from head space vapors in small reaction flasks. Enrichment of compost materials with propane or methane as primary substrates was tested as a means to stimulate biological TCE removal. All of the materials tested removed at least 85% of the added TCE (initial head space concentration = 5.0 ppmv) without enrichment and over 99% total removal was observed in samples enriched with propane gas. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCompost Science & Utilization
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Watwood, M. E., & Sukesan, S. (1995). Biodegradation of trichloroethylene in finished compost materials. In Compost Science & Utilization (4 ed., Vol. 3, pp. 6-19)