Evidence of hydrolytic route for anaerobic cyanide degradation

Appl Environ Microbiol. 1992 Sep;58(9):3163-4. doi: 10.1128/aem.58.9.3163-3164.1992.


Products observed during anaerobic cyanide transformation are consistent with a hydrolytic pathway (HCN + H2O <--> HCONH2 + H2O <--> HCOOH + NH3). Formate, the most frequently observed product, was generally converted to bicarbonate. Formamide was rapidly hydrolyzed to formate upon exposure to the anaerobic consortium but was not detected as an intermediate of cyanide transformation.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria, Anaerobic / metabolism*
  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Cyanides / metabolism*
  • Hydrolysis
  • Industrial Waste*


  • Cyanides
  • Industrial Waste