Biodegradability Testing | Michigan Biodegradable Test Lab

Michigan Biodegradability Testing Lab

The use of biodegradable substances and materials has become an important factor in agriculture as this helps to protect and reduce the resultant effects of carbon on the ozone layer as carbon tends to infiltrate and break the ozone layer.

However, biodegradation is the disintegration or the breaking down of materials by bacteria, fungi, and other biological means.

This is commonly associated with materials that are capable of decomposing back into natural elements. Biodegradability testing may be a method that transforms or breaks down materials that enter either physical environment through weathering or through chemicals that are usually referred to as photo-oxidation). Biodegradation may conjointly involve the chemical breakdown of materials by living organisms or by their enzymes.

The organisms may include bacterium, yeast, protozoan, and fungi, which break down molecules for sustenance, usually yielding CO2 and water. Moreover, certain chemical structures are more exposed to microbial breakdown than others such may include vegetable oils and synthetic esters, which will, in general, biodegrade more rapidly than mineral oils under the same conditions.

Biodegradation may also occur as a result of enzymatic action, which involves macro and micro living organisms. Enzymes under either aerobic or anaerobic condition, leading to complete or partial removal from the environment rather than burning which may expose the environment to carbon, promote it.

The rate of enzymatic degradation may decrease with an increase in crystalline crystal size and glass temperature. Ductile materials degrade much faster compared to very crystalline and perfectly crystalline materials.

Enzymatic biodegradation of materials may also depend on some factors such as the microbes, the pH-value, moisture, temperature, low crystalline and low glass temperature of substances. All these factors are responsible for the rate of degradation and hence in biodegradability testing these factors should be taken into consideration.

However, anaerobic conditions occur in the garbage or in compost. During the composting process, bacteria and microbial actions through enzymes to carbon dioxide and water degrade the blends. The degradation rates under composting conditions are higher than under natural conditions, this is because there is a higher temperature in the compost.

Biodegradability testing is used to determine if a material is naturally inherently biodegradable or it is readily biodegradable, it can be performed under different aerobic (compost, soil, freshwater, marine, or anaerobic conditions as early stated.

Moreover, in determining if a material or substance is biodegradable, laboratory checks could be employed to ascertain the biodegradability level. It is, therefore, necessary so as to determine the environmental behaviour of these substances, it is also necessary because a biodegradable substance has no future risk on the environment.

Alliance Analytical Labs is a product testing lab near Grand Rapids located in Coopersville, MI. If you are interested in our Grand Rapids biodegradability testing, contact us here or call us directly at (616) 837-7670.