Biodegradation in fixed film reactors of chloroorganic compounds in kraft bleaching effluent and in pesticides was studied. Specific biofilm reactors could be adapted for the mineralization of chloroform, chlorophenols, chlorocatechols, chloroguaiacols, chloroveratroles and chlorinated resin acids in bleaching effluent and for chlorophenols in spills of pesticides for blue stain and wood rot. Mineralization of chloroorganic compounds into inorganic chloride and carbon dioxide occurred in the solid phase of the reactor. The ability to degrade the chlorine compounds could be transferred from one reactor to another by transferring the liquid but no degradation occurred before addition of solids in the reactor. The degradation of pentachlorophenol was most active when softwood bark was used as the solid material It was less active on unglazed pottery, and inactive on glass (beads or fibre), cellulosic fibre, clay and ion exchange resin. The mineralization of the chloroorganics occuring in kraft bleaching effluent was less fastidious about the type of solid materials used. The biofilm grew equally well on softwood bark, ion exchange resin and various types of plastic and fiber.

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