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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

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Received: 15 July 2010 / Revised: 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 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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