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M J Larkin  Biological Sciences. The  Queen’s University of Belfast.

How do they grow: requirements for biodegradation?

 Nutrients

 Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Sulfur

 Many chemicals supply these

 Micronutrients/ trace metals/ vitamins

 Electron acceptors - usually O2

 Converts / burns carbon substrate to CO2

   Energy and biomass  ie GROWTH

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