Water 2010, 2(3), 550-565; doi:10.3390/w2030550
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Fungal Biosorption, An Innovative Treatment for the Decolourisation and Detoxification of Textile Effluents

1 Department of Plant Biology, University of Torino, viale Mattioli 25, 10125 Torino, Italy 2 Laboratorio Analisi del Dipartimento Provinciale della Provincia di Torino (SC06), Sede di Torino, via Pio VII, 9-10135 Torino, Italy
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Received: 15 July 2010; in revised form: 19 August 2010 / Accepted: 24 August 2010 / Published: 31 August 2010
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Abstract: Textile effluents are among the most difficult-to-treat wastewaters, due to their considerable amount of recalcitrant and toxic substances. Fungal biosorption is viewed as a valuable additional treatment for removing pollutants from textile wastewaters. In this study the efficiency of Cunninghamella elegans biomass in terms of contaminants, COD and toxicity reduction was tested against textile effluents sampled in different points of wastewater treatment plants. The results showed that C. elegans is a promising candidate for the decolourisation and detoxification of textile wastewaters and its versatility makes it very competitive compared with conventional sorbents adopted in industrial processes.
Keywords: textile wastewaters; biosorption treatment; fungi; dyes; salts; surfactants; toxicity

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Tigini, V.; Prigione, V.; Giansanti, P.; Mangiavillano, A.; Pannocchia, A.; Varese, G.C. Fungal Biosorption, An Innovative Treatment for the Decolourisation and Detoxification of Textile Effluents. Water 2010, 2, 550-565.

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Tigini V, Prigione V, Giansanti P, Mangiavillano A, Pannocchia A, Varese GC. Fungal Biosorption, An Innovative Treatment for the Decolourisation and Detoxification of Textile Effluents. Water. 2010; 2(3):550-565.

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Tigini, Valeria; Prigione, Valeria; Giansanti, Pietro; Mangiavillano, Antonella; Pannocchia, Antonella; Varese, Giovanna Cristina. 2010. "Fungal Biosorption, An Innovative Treatment for the Decolourisation and Detoxification of Textile Effluents." Water 2, no. 3: 550-565.

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