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Biodegradation in water: screening tests

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Sodium lactate fully dissociates into Na+ ions and lactate. The transport and distribution behaviour of lactate in the environment can be understood in terms of the transport and distribution behaviour of lactic acid.
Lactic acid is readily biodegradable, not satisfying the 10d window criterion. Lactic acid, due to its biological function, is readily metabolized by practially all life-forms.

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Biodegradation in water:
readily biodegradable

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Sodium lactate fully dissociates into Na+ ions and lactate. The transport and distribution behaviour of lactate in the environment can be understood in terms of the transport and distribution behaviour of lactic acid.

Lactic acid is readily biodegradable, not satisfying the 10d window criterion. Lactic acid, due to its biological function, is readily metabolized by practially all life-forms.