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degrade

(dĭ-grād′)
v. de·graded, de·grading, de·grades
v.tr.
1. To reduce in grade, rank, or status; demote.
2. To cause (an organic compound) to undergo degradation.
v.intr.
1. To fall to a lower rank or status.
2. To undergo degradation; decompose: a chemical that degrades rapidly.

de·grad′er n.
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SA044 was an excellent hydrocarbon degrader as it had the potential to degrade phenanthrene, naphthalene, xylene, anthracene and biphenyl.
solani was the most vigorous microbial degrader of a synthetic lignin, such as a dehydrogenation polymer of coniferyl alcohol.
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With this acquisition, Genentech obtains rights to Seragon's entire portfolio of investigational next-generation oral selective estrogen receptor degraders (SERDs) for the potential treatment of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.
1993) that isolated only gram negative organisms suggesting that they are better degraders of crude oil compared with their gram positive counterparts.
The successive use of selected type of vegetation and sound plant management practices will increase the total proportion of pollutant degraders their number and activity in the rhizoshpere leading to enhanced rhizodegradation of recalcitrant organic pollutants and faster site recovery (Olson et al.
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who observed that neutral pH was suitable for cellulose degraders, as acidic conditions tend to inhibit the growth of the majority of cellulose degrading yeasts [14].
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Among different groups of microorganisms, bacteria are known to be important degraders of organic matter and they control the recycling of essential nutrients in coastal sediments (Alongi 1994).
Soils from El Gadarif (Eastern Sudan) that had a history of repeated application of thiram for a duration of more than 10 years and El Geraif soils Central Sudan--Khartoum) that had no history of thiram application, were chosen to isolate fungicide degraders using enrichment and adaptation techniques.