Waste Management

Biodegradable

October 28, 2011, 4:54 pm
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Biodegradable materials are high in organic content and moisture, such that they typically undergo transformation to more fundamental chemical molecules under the actions of micro-organisms. Depending on the moisture content and type of decomposing organisms, this process can be either aerobic (in the presence of oxygen) or anaerobic (in the absence of oxygen).

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References

  • W.D.Luzier. 1992. Materials Derived from Biomass/Biodegradable Materials. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 89.3: 839-42
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Citation

(2011). Biodegradable. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbed137896bb431f68f87f

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