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BIODEGRADATION

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French Equivalent: Biodégradation

Definition:
Biodegradation is the process by which organic substances are decomposed by micro-organisms (mainly aerobic bacteria) into simpler substances such as carbon dioxide, water and ammonia.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Biodegradable

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2002