Enhancement of Trichloroethene (TCE) Biodegradation in a Simulated Groundwater System

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In this study, scientists sought to develop a better understanding of ways to enhance biodegradation of TCE in groundwater. The scientists conducted laboratory experiments to determine if the inhibitory effect of acetylene on biodegradation of TCE could be minimized by adding bacteria that ferment acetylene and to determine if the fermentation produces products that can support the bacteria that biodegrade TCE without a buildup of harmful products such as vinyl chloride.

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