Environmental Health - Toxic Substances
Aerobic - "Able to live, grow, or take place only when free oxygen is present." - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2009
Aerobic - "Requiring molecular oxygen." - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 1993
Aerobic - "Conditions under which molecular oxygen serves as the terminal electron acceptor in respiration or in metabolic oxygenation." - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 1996
Aerobic - "(a) Said of an organism (esp. a bacterium) that can live only in the presence of free oxygen; also, said of its activities. (b) Said of conditions that can exist only in the presence of free oxygen." - Wilson and Moore, 1998
Aerobic - "Aerobic organisms require oxygen to degrade organic compounds. They transfer electrons from the organic material to oxygen, which is termed the 'electron acceptor.'" - National Research Council, 1994
USGS Information on Biodegradation
Other Information on Biodegradation
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 1996, Glossary of terms relating to pesticides: Pure and Applied Chemistry, v. 68, no. 5, p. 1167-1193.
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 1993, Glossary for chemists of terms used in toxicology: Pure and Applied Chemistry, v. 65, no. 9, p. 2003-2122.
National Research Council, 1994, Alternatives for ground water cleanup: Washington, D.C., National Academies Press, 315 p.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2009, Glossary of technical terms: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, access date June 10, 2011.
Wilson, W.E., and Moore, J.E., 1998, Glossary of hydrology: Alexandria, Virginia, American Geological Institute, 248 p.
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