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TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
     2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose any matter which would tend to disgrace or degrade him, 13 How. St. Tr. 17, 334, 16 How. St. Tr. 161. A question having that tendency, however, may be asked, and, in such case, when the witness chooses to answer it, the answer is conclusive. 1 Phil. Ev. 269; R. & M. 383.

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2013) reported that Bacteroidetes was a major non-cellulosic plant constituent degrader in the rumen.
solani was the most vigorous microbial degrader of a synthetic lignin, such as a dehydrogenation polymer of coniferyl alcohol.
This brief provides the opportunity for Flag/General officers and Senior Executive Service leaders to review and discuss readiness and cost degraders affecting the success of individual weapon systems, and also address systemic issues across the enterprise.
The experiment consisted of four treatment methods: control, with no additional treatment (natural attenuation, NA); addition of nutrients (biostimulation, BS); addition of known hydrocarbon degraders (bioaugmentation, BA); and a combination of biostimulation and bioaugmentation (BABS).
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.
However, this application of nZVI could negatively affect indigenous beneficial bacteria such as contaminant degraders and element circulators.
Microbiological treatment to degrade the toxic soup was also investigated but the chemicals proved resilient to all pollutant degraders tested over a 49 day period.
While pure cultures of microbes do a wonderful job of degrading some hydrocarbons in laboratory culture vessels and bioreactors, they have never been shown to be able to compete with the diverse community of oil degraders that develops naturally in oceans.
Which means we are exporting cement at the cost of our natural environment, cement production being one of the biggest degraders of the soil and the environment known to man.