Biological degradation and bioremediation of toxic chemicals

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Dioscorides Press, 1994 - Gardening - 515 pages
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The concept of bioremediation is not new - the farmer and the forester practice it in a limited way by rotating crops and replanting trees. Because unassisted natural processes cannot break down the many toxic wastes we inflict on our world, more sophisticated bioremediation techniques are imperative. This book covers the increasing use of microorganisms and microbial metabolic processes to break down such environmental poisons and clean soil and water. An ever broadening variety of bacteria, other microbes, and fungi are being discovered already living in extreme environments such as high-temperature undersea volcanic vents, highly acidic, alkaline, or salty habitats, or anaerobic situations. Fortunately, many posses metabolic pathways that can remove or destroy toxic compounds such as herbicides, insecticides, and heavy metals.

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