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Bioremediation: Towards a credible technology

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian Head


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Bioremediation is the technological process whereby biological systems are harnessed to effect the clean-up of environmental pollutants. Currently, microbial systems are most widely employed in bioremediation programmes, generally in the treatment of soils and waters contaminated with organic pollutants. Micro-organisms have a huge metabolic repertoire that enables them to degrade a panoply of organic pollutants and in many cases the complex biochemistry and molecular biology of the catabolic pathways involved have been unravelled (e.g. Gibson, 1984; Frantz et al., 1987; Evans & Fuchs, 1988; Burlage et al., 1989; Abramowicz, 1990; Assinder & Williams, 1990; Chaudhry & Chapalamadugu, 1991; Cerniglia, 1992; Knackmuss, 1996). Despite valuable basic knowledge on the mechanisms of pollutant bio-degradation, bioremediation has yet to be accepted as a routine treatment technology and the environmental industry is wary of applying bioremediation for the treatment of contaminated sites.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Head IM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Microbiology

Year: 1998

Volume: 144

Issue: 3

Pages: 599-608

Print publication date: 01/03/1998

ISSN (print): 1350-0872

ISSN (electronic): 1465-2080

Publisher: Society for General Microbiology


DOI: 10.1099/00221287-144-3-599


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