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Pickle-Spoiling Bacteria Could Clean Up Dyes in Textile Wastewater

Posted By Jasmin Malik Chua On September 22, 2010 @ 3:08 pm In Water Issues | No Comments

pickles, AZO dyes, tartrazine, lactic-acid bacteria, textile wastewater [1]

The same bacteria that causes your hamburger dill pickles to spoil could also clean up dyes in textile-factory wastewater [2], according to food scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service [3]. 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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[2] clean up dyes in textile-factory wastewater: http://www.ecouterre.com/23680/pickle-spoiling-bacteria-may-help-clean-up-dyes-in-textile-wastewater/

[3] U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/sep10/pickle0910.htm

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