Recent advances in biodecolorization and biodegradation of environmental threatening textile finishing dyes

Shama Sehar, Tabassum Rasool, Hasnain M. Syed, M. Amin Mir, Iffat Naz, Abdul Rehman, Mir Sadiq Shah, Mohammad Salim Akhter, Qaisar Mahmood, Adnan Younis

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Organic nature of dyes and their commercially made products are widely utilized in many industries including paper, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, photography, petroleum as well as in textile manufacturing. The textile industry being the top most consumer of a large variety of dyes during various unit processes operation generates substantial amount of wastewater; hence, nominated as “Major Polluter of Potable Water”. The direct discharge of such effluents into environment poses serious threats to the functioning of biotic communities of natural ecosystems. The detection of these synthetic dyes is considered as relatively easy, however, it is extremely difficult to completely eliminate them from wastewater and freshwater ecosystems. Aromatic chemical structure seems to be the main reason behind low biodegradability of these dyes. Currently, various physiochemical and biological methods are employed for their remediation. Among them, microbial degradation has attracted greater attention due to its sustainability, high efficiency, cost effectiveness, and eco-friendly nature. The current review presents recent advances in biodegradation of industrial dyes towards a sustainable and tangible technological innovative solutions as an alternative to existing conventional physicochemical treatment processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number186
Journal3 Biotech
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Bacterial degradation of the textile wastewater
  • Discoloration
  • Microbial degradation of the effluent
  • Textile effluent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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