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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

The Persulfate Oxidation of Fungal Melanins1


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  1. Vol. 47 No. 6, p. 1145-1148
    Received: Mar 24, 1983
    Accepted: June 30, 1983

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  1. F. Martin,
  2. F. J. Gonzalez-Vila and
  3. J. P. Martin2



Four fungal melanins were degraded by potassium persulfate, a new, mild chemical oxidation method. The percentage of degradation varied from 15 to 50% calculated by weight loss. Analysis of the degradation products by gas chromatography showed numerous fatty acids, both straight and branched chain, in widely varying amounts. The n-C16 and n-C18 acids were present in greatest abundance. By two-dimensional thin-layer chromatography, several phenols and anthraquinones were noted.

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