The Role of Secondary Plant Metabolites in Bacterial Degradation of Organic Xenobio¬tics

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L. Musilová, O. Uhlík, M. Macková, and T. Macek

Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology Prague


This article summarizes basic information about the role of plant secondary metabolites in the remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Terpenes and phenolics are discussed more in detail with focus on their ability to stimulate microbial degradation of xenobiotics. The study points out that amendments of contaminated soil with plant secondary metabolites influences the removal of organic xenobiotics from soil. Many of these experiments have provided satisfactory results that can be used to improve bioremediation techniques.


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