Mineralization of alachlor by lignin-degrading fungi

M. L. Ferrey, W. C. Koskinen, R. A. Blanchette, T. A. Burnes

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While rot fungi were able to mineralize the aromatic ring carbon of alachlor to CO2. After 122 days, 14 and 12% of the alachlor that was initially present in malt extract cultures supplemented with a wood substrate was mineralized at room temperature by Ceriporiopsis subvermispora and Phlebia tremellosa, respectively. Although Phanerochaete chrysosporium mineralized alachlor at 25°C, it did so more slowly than the other two white rot fungi. The brown rot fungus Fomitopsis pinicola did not mineralize alachlor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-798
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Microbiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


  • Alachlor
  • Mineralization
  • Pesticide
  • White rod fungi


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