International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 2 Issue 4 2012           Pages:2435- 2442

Studies on degradation of synthetic polymer Nylon 6 by fungus Trametes versicolor NCIM 1086

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Chonde Sonal. G  Department of Environmental Science, Shivaji University Kolhapur.

Chonde Sachin. G  Department of Chemistry, BAMU Aurangabad.

Bhosale P. R  Department of Environmental Science, Shivaji University Kolhapur.

Nakade D. B  Department of Microbiology, Rajaram College, Kolhapur.

Raut P. D  Department of Environmental Science, Shivaji University Kolhapur.


Nylon is one of the synthetic polymers which have large applications in environment. It is found to be a hard plastic for degradation. Present study has examined the feasibility of a fungus,  Trametes versicolor NCIM 1086 for actively degrading synthetic polymer Nylon 6. The analysis was carried out using I. R. spectroscopy and mechanical techniques. Nylon sheets were inserted in fermentation broth which was incubated on a rotary shaker at 30oC and 90 rpm for 90 days. Nylon 6 was the sole source of nitrogen in the medium. A colony of fungus was developed that resulted in substantial degradation of Nylon 6. Weakening and breaking of polyamide bond have been confirmed by weakening in I. R. band. The degradation led to formation of new functional groups CH3, CHO and COOH.

Keywords: Trametes versicolor, Biodegradation, Nylon 6, Plastic waste management

DOI: 10.6088/ijes.00202030124

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