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A study was designed to assess the efficacy of yeast isolated from spoilt water melon in the biological treatment of pharmaceutical effluent. Two yeast species were identified as Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Torulaspora delbrueckii. Each of the yeast was inoculated into the effluent and incubated for 15 days. Saccharomyces cerevisiae shows the highest percentage reduction of 52.5, 52.5 and 58.7% for BOD, COD and nitrate respectively of the pharmaceutical effluent and closely followed by thedoi:10.3923/rjet.2015.188.195 fatcat:zghuubazrraznfnccdzyvafqrm