Pickle-Spoiling Bacteria Could Clean Up Dyes in Textile Wastewater

by , 09/22/10
filed under: Environment, Water Issues

pickles, AZO dyes, tartrazine, lactic-acid bacteria, textile wastewater

The same bacteria that causes your hamburger dill pickles to spoil could also clean up dyes in textile-factory wastewater, according to food scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. The implications of their research are nothing to scoff at: The textile industry releases billions of gallons of polluted effluent into local fresh water sources each year, much of which comprises petrochemical-based AZO dyes known to have mutagenic properties.


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