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Biosorption of Water Pollutants by Fungal Pellets

Área Académica de Química, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Carr. Pachuca-Tulancingo Km. 4.5, Pachuca C. P. 42184, Mexico
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Water 2020, 12(4), 1155;
Received: 15 March 2020 / Revised: 12 April 2020 / Accepted: 14 April 2020 / Published: 17 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microbial Action in Wastewater and Sludge)
Fungal biosorption is an environmental biotechnology based on the ability of the fungal cell wall to concentrate harmful water pollutants. Among its advantages are its simplicity, high efficiency, flexibility of operation, and low cost. The biosorptive performance of fungal pellets is getting growing attention since they offer process advantages over the culture of disperse mycelia, such as an enhanced biomass separation, and a high resilience in severe environmental conditions. In this review, biosorption capacity of fungal pellets towards heavy metals, dyes, phenolic compounds, humic substances, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals was reviewed. Available data about the adsorption capacity of pellets, their removal efficiency, and the operational conditions used were collected and synthesized. The studies relying on biodegradation were discarded to present only the possibilities of fungal pellets for removing these concern pollutants through biosorption. It was found that the biosorption of complex mixtures of pollutants on fungal pellets is scarcely studied, as well as the interfering effect of anions commonly found in water and wastewater. Furthermore, there is a lack of research with real wastewater and at pilot and large scale. These topics need to be further explored to take full advantage of fungal pellets on improving the quality of aquatic systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: fungal granulation; adsorption; toxic pollution; heavy metals; dyes; emerging pollutants; pharmaceutical compounds fungal granulation; adsorption; toxic pollution; heavy metals; dyes; emerging pollutants; pharmaceutical compounds
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Legorreta-Castañeda, A.J.; Lucho-Constantino, C.A.; Beltrán-Hernández, R.I.; Coronel-Olivares, C.; Vázquez-Rodríguez, G.A. Biosorption of Water Pollutants by Fungal Pellets. Water 2020, 12, 1155.

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Legorreta-Castañeda AJ, Lucho-Constantino CA, Beltrán-Hernández RI, Coronel-Olivares C, Vázquez-Rodríguez GA. Biosorption of Water Pollutants by Fungal Pellets. Water. 2020; 12(4):1155.

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Legorreta-Castañeda, Adriana J., Carlos A. Lucho-Constantino, Rosa I. Beltrán-Hernández, Claudia Coronel-Olivares, and Gabriela A. Vázquez-Rodríguez. 2020. "Biosorption of Water Pollutants by Fungal Pellets" Water 12, no. 4: 1155.

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