Anaerobic microbial debromination of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this research is to understand how microorganisms in the environment might transform the toxic polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). We found that anaerobic bacteria can remove bromines from the molecule, creating potentially more toxic less brominated PBDEs. We are currently testing the ability of aerobic bacteria to breakdown the byproducts of anaerobic debromination.

published proceedings

  • Report - University of California Water Resources Center

author list (cited authors)

  • Alvarez-Cohen, L., & Robrock, K.

complete list of authors

  • Alvarez-Cohen, L||Robrock, K

publication date

  • December 2007