Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 8 No. Special Edition Nov. 2014

Screening for Terephthalic Acid (TA) Anaerobic Degrading Bacteria

Hong-xiang Zhu1, Jiang-ping Qiu2, Jin Wang2* and Xu-dong Li2*

1Department of Environmental Sciences, Insitute of Light Industry and Food Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning, 530004, China. 2College of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China.

Received on 21 August 2014 and accepted on 14 October 2014



An anaerobic bacterium was isolated and identified from an anaerobic expanded granular sludge bed reactor (EGSB) that was treating pure terephthalic acid (TA) wastewater. The bacterium could effectively degrade terephthalic acid. The screened anaerobic bacterium was determined to be Bacillus cereus. It could degrade 1000 mg/L TA within 72 h, and the maximum degradation rate was 98%. Its TA degrading enzymes were endoenzymes.

Keywords : Anaerobic degradation, terephthalic acid (TA), screen, identification.