Accession Number : ADA292971

Title :   Feasibility of White-rot Fungi for Biodegradation of PCP-treated Ammunition Boxes.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL ENVIRONMENTAL ENGI NEERING DIV

Personal Author(s) : Scholze, Richard J. ; Lamar, Richard T. ; Bolduc, Jennifer ; Dietrich, Diane

PDF Url : ADA292971

Report Date : JAN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : Millions of pounds of wood ammunition boxes treated with the wood preservative pentachiorophenol (PCP) are being stockpiled at military installations, primarily depots, because cost-effective disposal is not readily available. The Army needs cost-effective and environmentally benign treatment methods for destruction and disposal of PCP-treated wood products. This research investigated the use of white-rot fungi to biodegrade PCP-treated wood. Results showed that white-rot fungi effectively decreased the PCP concentration in contaminated hardwood and softwood chips. Under ideal laboratory conditions the fungi reduced the PCP concentration by 80 percent; a field study showed only a 30 percent decrease in PCP concentration. Despite this disparity, this study demonstrated the feasibility of using white-rot fungi to reduce PCP in treated wood.

Descriptors :   *FUNGI, *BIODEGRADATION, MILITARY FACILITIES, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, ENVIRONMENTS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, BOXES, SUPPLY DEPOTS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, LABORATORIES, CONTAMINATION, DISPOSAL, HAZARDOUS WASTES, ARMY, AMMUNITION CONTAINERS, STOCKPILES, WOOD, HARDWOODS.

Subject Categories : Microbiology
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE