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Title: Biodegradation of polyethylene and polypropylene
Authors: Arutchelvi, J
Sudhakar, M
Arkatkar, Ambika
Doble, Mukesh
Bhaduri, Sumit
Uppara, Parasu Veera
Keywords: polyethylene
polypropylene
biodegradation
in vitro
Issue Date: Jan-2008
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Polyethylene and polypropylene are the two polyolefins with wide ranging applications. They are recalcitrant and hence remain inert to degradation and deterioration leading to their accumulation in the environment, and, therefore creating serious environmental problems. In this review, biodegradation of these two polymers under in vitro conditions is reported. An attempt has been made to cover the mechanism of biodegradation, the various bacterial and fungal organisms that have been reported for the same, methods adopted for the studies and different characterization techniques followed to measure the extent of degradation
Page(s): 9-22
ISSN: 0975-0967 (Online); 0972-5849 (Print)
Source: IJBT Vol.07(1) [January 2008]

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