Effects of polychlorinated biphenyls and environmental biotransformation products on aquatic nitrification.

Applied and environmental microbiology

PubMedID: 6805434

Sayler GS, Shiaris MP, Beck W, Held S. Effects of polychlorinated biphenyls and environmental biotransformation products on aquatic nitrification. Appl Environ Microbiol. 1982;43(4):949-52.
The effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on nitrification were examined for pure cultures and natural reservoir samples. PCBs at concentrations greater than 10 microgram liter-1 inhibited nitrification, principally ammonium oxidation, in one of two natural reservoir environments. However, this inhibition could not be reproduced in pure high-cell-density cultures or in previously contaminated reservoir waters. A PCB environmental biotransformation product, p-chlorophenylglyoxylic acid, and p-chloromandelic acid had no effect on nitrification.