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Biodegradation in water: screening tests

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A ready biodegradation study has been carried out but only a brief summary is available. The study found 4% degradation (oxygen consumption) and 3% degradation (GC) in 28 days (NITE 2010).

In addition, a biodegradation rate of -22% in 70 days for degradation in anaerobic digesting sludge was determined in a reliable study conducted according to an appropriate test protocol, but not according to GLP (Battersby and Wilson 1989).

It is concluded that furan is not readily biodegradable.


Battersby, N, S and Wilson, V (1989) Survey of the Anaerobic Biodegradation Potential of Organic Chemicals in Digesting Sludge. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Feb. 1989, p. 433-439

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) (2010) #28: Biodegradation in water: screening tests. Owner company: MITE. Summary available on: Chemical Risk Information Platform (CHRIP). Biodegradation and Bioconcentration. Tokyo, Japan.