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Our evolving relationship with microbes

University of Minnesota experts will gather to talk about what we know, and what we don't know, about the microbial world and the role it plays in our health and our environment.

Dan Knights, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota.
Michael Sadowsky, professor in the Department of Soil, Water & Climate, and Director of the BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota.
Cara Santelli, assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, and a member of the BioTechnology Institute at UMN.

Their talk is called, "It's Complicated: Our evolving relationship with the microbial world in and around us," and it's part of a series the university is calling, "The Petri Dish." The speakers joined MPR News host Tom Weber in studio for a conversation. To hear the full conversation, click the play button at this URL:

Microbes from a 220-year-old bottle of beer create a new brew
Researchers used yeast recovered from a bottle found in a shipwreck from 1797 to brew a mild-tasting beer they've named Preservation Ale.

Canada's Food Guide Needs To Reflect Our Microbes
On average, our bodies are comprised of about 30 trillion human cells give or take about 10 trillion. However, there is a greater number of microbial cells living inside of us. Tens of trillions of these are bacteria, consisting of several hundred different species.
Over the last decade, researchers have gained insight into how certain gut microbes, particularly bacteria, influence our health. They have learned the mere presence of some species can affect us. Yet the majority of effects on wellness come as a result of the byproducts these organisms make.

GarCo landfill uses microbes to treat soil fouled by oil

Berkeley researchers discover thousands of new microbes, complete genomes
A study published Monday from campus and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers uncovered new information about the genetic role of individual microbes and how they work to affect our climate.

Meet Conan the Bacterium: The Most Radiation-Resistant Microbe
According to the Guinness Book of Records the honor of the most defiant bacteria belongs to the little-known Deinococcus radiodurans, a microbe so tough the scientific community dubbed it "Conan the Bacterium".

Seattle Builds First-Of-Its-Kind Stormwater System

Researchers discover microbes able to convert compounds released from coal directly into methane

Healthy microbes make for a resilient Great Barrier Reef | Cosmos

Do microbes control our mood? - ScienceDaily

Feed Microbes Oxygen to Help Clear Spilled Oil - Scientific American

Study reveals corals' influence on reef microbes | EurekAlert! Science News

UNH scientists receive grant for soil microbes research - News - - Dover, NH
Grant to aid study of microbes' role in soil carbon cycle

UMass microbiologist awarded $2.5 million grants to study how soil microbes contribute to global warming
Kristen DeAngelis will lead a team of other researchers to investigate how soil--which is the largest repository for carbon in the natural world--may disperse carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thus feeding global warming.

Researchers Restored A Colony Of Microbes In The Gut | Popular Science

toxiccleanup911 is against genetic modification of microbes - nature has already made all the types of microbes we need for planetary healing - don't mess with Mother Nature

Surfing the world for microbes
By Erika Johnson, UC San Diego
Surfer, ocean steward and chemistry doctoral student Cliff Kapono begins his worldwide expedition this fall to discover if surfers have a unique microbiome, and if so, how these marine bacteria and chemicals impact human health.

Metagenomic study links microbes to flavors in kefir
A team of food scientists and microbiologists in Ireland have used high-throughput sequencing to analyze how microbial populations change as kefir ferments. It's a new frontier in food analysis: Using the data, collected over a 24-hour fermentation period, the researchers were able to connect the presence of individual microbial species and their associated pathways to flavor compounds in the fermented milk beverage.

Soil microbes flourish with reduced tillage
Microbes improve soil quality by cycling nutrients and breaking plant residues down into soil organic matter. In an effort to detect consistent patterns across a large geographical area, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 62 studies examining the effect of tillage on soil microbes. No-till systems had greater soil microbial biomass and enzymatic activity. Tilled systems that used a chisel plow were equivalent to no-till systems, in terms of microbial biomass.
For the past several decades, farmers have been abandoning their plows in favor of a practice known as no-till agriculture. Today, about one-third of U.S. farmers are no longer tilling their fields, and still more are practicing conservation tillage—using equipment that only disturbs the soil to a minimal degree.

Training microbes to hunt out cancer and pollutants
Tiny microbial cells can be adapted to carry out specific jobs

Gut microbes linked to immunotherapy response in melanoma patients
Patients with malignant melanoma - whose disease has spread - are more likely to respond to immunotherapy treatment if they had greater diversity in their gut bacteria, according to new research.

Alternative to anti-biotics
Researchers develop new strategy to immunize against microbes that cause foodborne illness

Stanford bioengineer's microscope features interactive microbes
This Smartphone Microscope Lets You Play Games With Microbes
Introducing the LudusScope, a 3D-printed, open-sourced system that lets you control and play games with living microbes on your smartphone. . . . LudusScope was developed by Stanford engineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, and he envisioned it as a new way of interacting and learning about common microbes. It's meant for use in educational settings, and teachers can easily 3D print their own LuduScope using plans downloaded from the internet.

alternative energy
Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun
The luminous blue cycling strip, which can be found near Lidzbark Warminski in the north of Poland, was created by TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o. It's made from a synthetic material that can give out light for up to ten hours at a time once charged by the sun throughout the day.

alternative energy
Milking microbes for energy could help replace fossil fuels
Scientists have found a way of producing electricity and fuel for cars from bacteria and green algae, and scaling up these techniques could create a reliable source of renewable energy that could be used as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Team finds 'alien' microbe that feeds on cosmic rays
Nearly all organisms on Earth require carbon, oxygen, and sunlight to survive, but the discovery of an unusual microbe that thrives deep within a South African gold mine has experts wondering if living organisms might have adapted to survive on seemingly uninhabitable planets.
Almost alien microbe found eating radiation
Aliens Could Be Feeding on Cosmic Rays for Survival, Scientists Found

Microbes on Mars
A Tough Row to Hoe for Early Martian Microbes
What the man who first looked for microbes on Mars has to say about the Viking anniversary
Gilbert Levin directed one of the microbiology experiments. 40 years later, here's what he has to say.
Has Curiosity Found Fossilized Life on Mars?
There are compelling structures in a slab of sedimentary Mars rock, but their discovery alone won't prove there was ancient life on Mars.
The Red Planet is cold and bleak, and its surface is bombarded with intense radiation. But some of Earth's toughest microbes might be able to survive there
Could these Cauliflower-like Shapes on Mars Have Been Sculpted by Microbes?
NASA Mars Exploration
BOOK: The Microbes of Mars, by Barry DiGregorio
Is there really life on Mars? What evidence is there that there may or may not have been life on Mars?
American Museum of Natural History
Case Study: Fossil Microbes on Mars?
New Bacterial Life-Form Discovered in NASA and ESA Spacecraft Clean Rooms
The previously unknown microbe was tough enough to survive stringent sterilization at two locations. Might it survive a trip to Mars?
Searching for Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky
The risk of microbial contamination could prevent humans and even robots from visiting the most promising parts of the Red Planet
Evidence that life once existed on Mars might have been discovered, scientists suggest
Unusual mineral outcrops on Mars look very similar to microbe-created formations here on Earth
Microbial stowaways to Mars identified
Bacteria found on the Curiosity rover reveal the types of microorganisms that spacecraft carry.
by Jyoti Madhusoodanan
Visiting Mars? Don't forget to take the invisible microbe to survive in an alien planet

2bn-yo water found deep underground offers clues to possible life on other planets

contractor / products
Microbial skin care products
Embrace microbes to go truly natural says skin care expert Nick Wallen, director of JooMo

Mix and match microbes to make probiotics last
A study published September 29 in Cell Host & Microbe suggests matching the right bacterial strain to the gut environment is crucial for making a real change.

Could deep sea microbes help fight climate change?
There are compelling reasons for studying archaea and bacteria at the bottom of the sea. Both organisms play a fundamental role in gobbling up methane, a greenhouse gas that gets trapped at the bottom of the ocean in the form of an icelike solid substance.
MacArthur winner Victoria Orphan showed how deep-sea microbes keep greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere
Ask a MacArthur genius: Could elusive deep-sea microbes help fight climate change?

Exposing children to microbes good for their health
Modern lifestyles with an emphasis on hyper-cleanliness have a negative effect on children's lifelong health.
Early exposure to microbes will give children the best immune start to life, insist two microbiologists who've written thought-provoking new book, Let Them Eat Dirt. Professor Brett Finlay and Dr Marie-Claire Arrieta insist there is undeniable evidence that early exposure to microbes is beneficial to children's wellbeing.

First Signs Of Animal Life On Earth May Be From Microbes
Ancient microbe fossils show earliest evidence of shell making
809-million-year-old eukaryotes turned calcium phosphate into armor
To understand the oceans' microbes, follow function, not form
Earliest Signs Of Animal Life May Be From Microbes

Paul Stamets spent his live exploring fungi, their role in enriching the forest soil with nutrients and ultimately in helping our home planet defend itself against us humans.

Pathogenic Gut Microbes Flourish in Wake of Tissue Repair Response

'The Mind-Gut Connection': Could Your Gut Microbes Be Affecting How You Feel?

Novozymes moves on Microbes in recent Acquisition

Microbes in newborn's gut may triple allergy, asthma risk

Study investigates steel-eating microbes on ship hulls

Microbes help plants survive in severe drought

Arcadia Power - sign up for alternative energy

Harness the Power of the Sun: The Complete Guide to Using Solar Energy

Composting 101

Going Green with Solar Panels in the Home

24 Ways to Make Your Classroom Eco Friendly This Year

Eco & Environmental Scholarships, Internships, and Activities

Go Green & Get Green: Tax Rebates and Incentives for Green Home Improvements

Green Jobs: A Resource Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

News & Research:
Arizona State University

Polytechnic prof Milton Sommerfeld exploring the possibilities of algae as super food, fuel, fertilizer and more

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI)

Algae Industry Magazine - news from ASU

ASU Bio Design Institute

Dr. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, Cadillo Lab

Dr. Ferran Garcia-Pichel

Aerobic Bioremediation

There was a toxaphene cleanup done a few years back in my area that may be of interest.

Anaerobic degradation of toxaphene will be accomplished by loading contaminated soil into lined pits or "burritos" and adding amendments, including starch, phosphate, bloodmeal and water. The burritos will be sealed and allowed to heat in the desert sun.

EPA is responding to soils contaminated with the pesticide toxaphene, resulting from the disposal activities of a pesticide aerial applicator who ceased operations over 20 years ago.

ASU wins $1Mil DOE algae research grant (2015)

New Technology for Algae Blooms

Is Yogurt Enough?

There's a controversy brewing over how to foster a good microbiome, or community of microbes in the body.
Google definition:
plural noun: microbiomes
the microorganisms in a particular environment (including the body or a part of the body).
"we depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive: a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins"
the combined genetic material of the microorganisms in a particular environment.
"understanding the microbiome—human, animal, and environmental—is as important as the human genome"

The microbiome is the framework of the immune system, so medical researchers have been investigating.

Factors to build a strong microbiome:
A balanced diet that includes raw fruit and vegetables, fermented foods like yogurt or sauerkraut, regular exercise, drink enough water. Other factors: inherit a richly diverse and strong microbiome, birth through the vaginal canal, and breast feeding as an infant.

Harmful factors:
Antibiotics, anti-bacterial soaps and sprays, antibiotics residue in meat, pesticides and herbicides in food, carcinogens in household products, some otc and prescription drugs, chemotherapy, over-consumption of alcohol, sugar, unhealthy fats, tobacco, stress, overwork, and sleep deficit.

A word to the wise researcher: to build up a healthy microbiome, begin with the factors that help and eliminate the factors that harm. It's that simple. However,it's not so simple yogurt alone, or a daily probiotic pill, can do the trick. Developing a healthy microbiome must be a process that begins with diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices.

New Links - added September 2016

Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'

These Invisible Organisms Hold the Key to Life on Earth

The Social Network in Your Gut
Many bacteria swap their DNA freely—sometimes with disastrous results for humans.
By Wudan Yan

Plant Microbes May Be an Answer to Our Growing Food Needs

How Microbes Could Rid the World of Zika, Obesity, and More

Surprisingly, Plant Microbes May Be an Answer to Our Growing Food Needs

Gut bacteria and the brain: Are we controlled by microbes?

biodegradable plastic
Carbios has announced the formation of CARBIOLICE, a new French joint venture shared between it, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (a heavyweight in the field of mulching films) and BpiFrance (SPI) to take on the massive worldwide plastic waste problem.

Speeding Up Solar Water Purification
by Stewart Wills
A team of scientists from Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA, has found a way to enhance solar water Purification - use the sun to kill dangerous bacteria like E. coli

Gut reaction: the surprising power of microbes | Ed Yong | Science

Bees Out Collecting Microbes

How Designers and Scientists Are Using Bees to Map NYC's Microbes

Monkeys at the zoo have human microbes in their guts

Biofiltration News
Aethlon Medical Announces Zika Virus Data
Aethlon Medical, Inc. (AEMD), a developer of immunotherapeutic technologies to combat infectious disease and cancer, announced today that its researchers have completed in vitro studies that demonstrate the rapid capture of Zika virus by the Aethlon Hemopurifier®. The Hemopurifier® is a leading broad-spectrum treatment countermeasure against viral pathogens that are untreatable with or resistant to antiviral drug therapies. At present, the immunotherapeutic technology is being advanced through an FDA approved human feasibility study.

Oregon, Union Pacific Use Microbes To Clean Up Oil Train Spill

How Did Fragile Early Microbes Become Fossils?
During the Ediacaran period more than a half billion years ago, clay mineral coats likely shielded delicate remains, helping them become exquisitely preserved in rock, recent experiments suggest.

Leschenault inlet garden to filter litter
As part of the recent upgrades to Koombana Drive, a bio-filtration garden system will be installed along the western side of the popular road.
The system is being set up in a bid to protect the Leschenault Inlet's water quality by improving the quality of stormwater runoff from Koombana Drive before it enters the inlet.

How The Microbes Inside Us Went From Enemies To Purported Superhealers
New book: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Book Review: Science writer Ed Yong puts microbes in the spotlight

Diet during pregnancy could affect newborns' gut microbes: New study
Dietary interventions during pregnancy have focused on iron and folic acid. There may be a sound argument to also discuss fat intake, according to the study (AFP Relax News)

Microbes Cause Black Film Over Parts Of Jefferson Memorial

Microbes protect cells from heavy metals, like copper

Researchers uncover a potential treasure trove of microbes living with mangroves

How Miraculous Microbes Help Us Evolve Better, Faster, Stronger
Invisible yet crucial, our microbial partners add a gene-swapping plot twist to evolutionary theory
Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

Donor-Soil Microbes Drive Ecosystem Restoration

Colon cancer susceptibility may vary with gut microbes

Study reveals some secrets of how microbes and their genes traverse the globe

UW oceanographers grow, sequence genome of ocean microbe important to climate change
Delving into deep-sea microbes

Gut microbes may affect impact and recovery from stroke

Chernobyl Microbes Are Heading to the International Space Station | Motherboard

Monique Keiran: Microbes ensure we are never alone

How Breast Milk Engineers a Baby's Gut (and Gut Microbes) How ozone and biofiltration can contribute to potable reuse

Microbes in our guts have been with us for millions of years

Research Provides New Insight Into The Evolution Of Human Microbes

Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together | The Scientist Magazine

What Gilbert Levin has to say about water quality testing and microbes on mars, at the Viking anniversary

Two's Company, Three's a Lichen?

Book: I Contain Multitudes
There is no such thing as a 'good' or a 'bad' microbe | Aeon Essays

Researchers probe microbes and health at University of Oregon symposium


Olive Green Singapore
Olive Green is a Singapore based company that develops, manufactures and distributes corn starch based bioplastic, Origo, in the form of disposable tableware, carrier bags and other packaging—CornWare, CornBag, CornPack.
Olive Green is determined to resolve the challenges brought forth by global warming as characterized by mankind's dependency on petroleum based plastics, so as to create a truly sustainable future through the consistent development and utilization of a range of high quality, revolutionary biological plastics, perpetuated strictly by core values of vocational and constitutional integrity.

Gazprom introduces new biodegradation agent to help degrade oil spills
Russian-based company Gazprom has introduced a new oil biodegradation agent called 'Bioros' that can help degrade oil spills.
The company commissioned the new agent at the facility of the Safe Technologies company in St Petersburg.
A biodegradation agent eliminates oil spills using special micro-organisms, which feed on oil products such as fuel, diesel fuel, lubricants, air and water, and clean up soils, subsoils and water sources.

Green Energy

From Microbes To Power; The Next Generation Of Electricity

Tesla Powerwall
Energy Storage for a Sustainable Home
How to make a Powerwall for $300

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon power plant, Wales

Summer 2016 Update

You will see from this summer's posts, the bioremediation field is exploding with activity! New studies are coming out, cities and other municipalities around the world are installing phytoremediation plants in their green spaces, and people are taking bids for bioremediation of oil spills. Also, for the first time, the medical field is beginning to acknowledge friendly microbes. Just because something is a microorganism, doesn't make it a germ!

New Links - added July 2016

Algae Industry Magazine
Get the latest news!

Perovskite Solar Cells Supercharge Electricity Production - Scientific American

Biofiltration - Water Research Foundation and Trinity River Authority Partner on Innovative Research to Control Manganese During Conversion to Biofiltration

Local Microbes Can Predict Wine's Chemical Profile, Study Finds | UC Davis

Demystifying Terroir: Maybe Its The Microbes Making Magic In Your Wine : The Salt : NPR

Local microbes can predict wine's chemical profile | University of California

Microbes May Contribute to Wine's "Character" - Scientific American

Northeast Florida joins international research on microbes

Systems Metabolic Engineering Turns Microbes into Factories - Scientific American

Microbes affect the rate of skin transplant acceptance and rejection

Healthy microbes make for a resilient Great Barrier Reef

Microbes in extreme heat and cold hold lessons about life on Earth, and beyond

Antibiotics given to babies change their gut microbes for years

UW-Madison seeks to capitalize on push to harness helpful microbes

Gut Microbes Could Lead Fight Against Superbugs

Vineyard in South Africa:
How to kill unwanted snails
Army of 1,000 Ducks Used as Brilliant Pesticide Alternative

Why architects should let the microbes in -- ScienceDaily

More than 500 species of microbes think the scorching surface of solar panels is a great place to live - Quartz

Yellowstone researchers find unique microbes living in hot acid springs | Daily Mail Online

educational materials
Bioremediation, Biodegradation, Biodeterioration (BBB)

Caltrans begins prepping for stormwater runoff project on Highways 101 and 33 (Ventura County, Calif.)

These microbes can live on pure electricity

New Life Found That Lives Off

Scientific study wants to identify all the microbes in subways around the world

How to Grow Metal-Eating Microbes

Why we feel emotions in our guts, and what microbes have to do with it: a Q&A
Los Angeles Times

"The Mind-Gut Connection," Dr. Emeran Mayer
buy it at

These Friendly Microbes May Put Popular Allergy Theory To Rest

Underwater "Lost City" Built by Microbes?

Mini Microbes With Musical Tastes

Some microbes can live for millions of years - perhaps even for a quarter of a billion years.

Development of gut microbes and gut immunity linked
The microbes that dwell inside the gut have important jobs, such as making vitamins and processing nutrients. Gordon describes the community of bacteria in the gut as a microbial "organ" that must develop alongside the body's other tissues, organs and systems.

Stick insects produce bacterial enzymes themselves
In the course of evolution, genes of gut microbes 'jumped' to their insect host

New Links - added June 2016

National project to harness microbes for health, environment (Associated Press)
The National Microbiome Initiative announced Friday at the White House aims to bring together scientists who study the microbes that live in the human gut and in the oceans, in farm soil and inside buildings, to speed discoveries that could bring big payoffs.

Gut microbes may run in families
Some microbes in our gut may be heritable as researchers have found that parts of our microbiomes are inherited and shaped—not through a spread of microbes from parent to child, but through our genes.

Observing how microbes adapt in a spaceflight environment
by Sandy Dueck for Ames News
Microbial Tracking-1 (MT-1) is a three-part flight investigation that monitors the types of microbes present on the surfaces and in the air of the space station over a one-year period. Sampling microbes multiple times enables scientists to understand the diversity of microbes on the station and how the microbial population varies over time.

Three lessons gut microbes have taught us about antibiotics
Antibiotics have proven to be a double-edged sword: capable of killing a range of bacteria that cause infections, but also depleting our gut microbes, impairing our immune system, and increasing vulnerability to infection by superbugs. The lessons learned from how antibiotics impact the body are identifying new approaches to prevent and/or correct the adverse side effects on our 'good' gut bacteria.
Lesson #1. Antibiotics disrupt the communication between gut microbes and the immune system, creating conditions that favor infection.
Lesson #2. Antibiotic use becomes a selective pressure on bacteria, driving antibiotic resistance.Lesson
#3. Antibiotics aren't the only solution, and strategies to specifically target infectious bacteria are in early development.

Breast Milk Primes Gut for Microbes
Maternal antibodies engender a receptive gut environment for beneficial bacteria in newborn mice.

PTSD could be prevented with gut microbes, study suggests
by Catharine Paddock PhD
Researchers from McMaster University in Ontario find gut microbes may hold the key to curing or preventing post-traumatic stress disorder and mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

Is Obesity Infectious? Study Suggests Our Gut Microbes Can 'Spread' To Others
By Alyssa Navarro, Tech Times
In a study featured in the journal Nature, experts from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have found that a third of the spores produced by human gut bacteria can survive out in the open air.
This suggests that people we come in contact to could actually influence our own gut microbiome as the microorganisms spread through the air.

Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured
Contrary to the popular thought that many species are "unculturable," the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.

Deep sea microbes may be key to oceans' climate change feedback
Microbe populations make up 11-31% of living matter in the ocean seabed, but decline significantly as oceans warm

New Estimate: There are 1 Trillion Species of Microbes on Earth
by Douglas Main
Jay Lennon and Kenneth Locey, researchers at Indiana University, came up with the estimate after combing through a massive amount of data, including samplings of microbial diversity from about 3,500 unique sites, ranging from human skin and coral reefs to animal intestines and mountain streams.

Studying cheese reveals how microbes interact
Microbiologist Rachel Dutton's work focuses on bacterial ecosystems in rinds
At the beginning, community members included Proteobacteria and Leuconostoc bacteria, plus candida yeast commonly found in raw milk. Within a week, Staphylococcus had overwhelmed the Proteobacteria. As the cheese ripened, Brevibacterium and Brachybacterium plus Penicillium and Scopulariopsis fungi became prominent inhabitants of the rind. That pattern held whenever those organisms congregated in a cheese in the lab.

Biofiltration: Price tag on Bangor's wastewater plant project not so high after all

Bengaluru, India: Waste processors need bio-filters to quell the stink

Bio-filters installed to curb stench at garbage unit
BBMP Mayor BN Manjunath Reddy on Wednesday inaugurated bio-filters installed at the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) waste processing plant at the Kudlu gate in East Bengaluru. Similar, Bio-filters will be extended to other waste processing plants too," said Reddy.

Lyndon Wastewater Plant Getting Help With Odor Issues Soon

Will microbes save agriculture?
Perry believes that he can repackage beneficial bacteria and fungi as something akin to human probiotics and deliver them to plants to alter their microbiome in ways that will boost growth, increase resistance to drought, disease and pests, and reduce farmers' reliance on fertilizers and pesticides.

What do microbes in your gut have to do with how you sleep?
Denver Business Journal

CU-Boulder awarded $7.5 million to study gut microbes and sleep

Here's how gut microbes train your immune system to dodge disease

Deep sea microbes may be key to oceans' climate change

Microbes mine treasure from waste | Science News for Students

Early childhood antibiotics may change gut microbes and lead to adolescent prediabetes

Every City Has Its Own Set Of Microbes, Study Reveals

Office Space Bacterial Abundance and Diversity in Three Metropolitan Areas

You're Home to Trillions of Microbes That Affect Everything From Digestion to Depression
By Sydney Lupkin

Mouth Microbes and Pancreatic Cancer
The mix of bacteria living in the oral cavity is related to a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to a study.

products to re-wild your microbe body
Vedanta Biosciences
Seres Therapeutics
Should we "rewild" our urban bodies with microbes from indigenous peoples? - Quartz

Good Riddance, Chemicals: Microbes Are Farming's Hot New Pesticides

Microbes can play games with the mind
The bacteria in our guts may help decide who gets anxiety and depression
BY Laura Sanders

New research on microbes that break down plastic
Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6
A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)
Ideonella sakaiensis: Newly-Discovered Bacterium Can Break Down, Metabolize Plastic
New Species of Bacteria Can Eat Plastic
Researchers Identify Plastic-Eating Bacteria
Researchers find plastic-eating bacteria in recycling plant
Plastic-eating bacteria discovered in recycling plant
Plastic degrading bacteria Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 isolated
Plastic-Munching Bacteria Can Make Trash Biodegradable
Science: Newly Identified Bacteria Break Down Tough Plastic
WASTE BREAKTHROUGH: Bacteria discovered which biodegrades plastic bottles in just 6 WEEKS
Ideonella sakaiensis at Wikipedia

New Links - added March 2016

Soley Biotechnology Institute
Alternative earth-friendly technology

From Wiki: The Ocean Cleanup is a foundation that develops technologies to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and prevent more plastic debris from entering ocean waters. The organization was founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, a Dutch inventor-entrepreneur. . . . The foundation's headquarters are in the city of Delft, the Netherlands.

American Society of Agronomy
A progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global agronomy. Based in Madison, WI, ASA is the professional home for 8,000+ members and 14,000+ certified professionals (Certified Crop Advisers and Certified Professional Agronomists) dedicated to advancing the field of agronomy. The Society provides information about agronomy in relation to soils, crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun.

California State University at Chico Press Release:
Students Awarded Grant to Develop Sustainable Storm Water Filters

Microbes and nutrition/malnutrition

How Microbes Make Earth Habitable

Strange Group Of Microbes Can Thrive Deep In The Earth Without Oxygen
By Katherine Derla

Underworld microbes shock scientists: Mystery of Hadesarchaea

Ocean's plastics offer a floating fortress to a mess of microbes
The plastisphere is potentially causing changes in ocean environments

How Many Cells Are in the Human Body—And How Many Microbes?
By Michael Greshko
New counts revise a popular factoid about how many bacteria live inside us.

Country microbes, city microbes—where you live can change how you get sick New study explores evidence for "hygiene hypothesis" in urbanized areas.
by Annalee Newitz

Study reveals how fish control microbes through their gills
February 18, 2016 by Katherine Unger Baillie
Read more at:

Bioremediation Technologies and Services—Outlook for 2016

Mt. Shasta City and Siskiyou County face an on-going challenge to clean up the brownfield site at what is now called The Landing, at the south end of town.

New pilot program said to save thousands at Camp Lemonnier

Biofilters Minimize Effluent Load at Malting Plant

Will Bioremediation Work At Allied? Microbial Ecologist Skeptical (Southwest Michigan)
"Message to EPA: Clean up not cover up"

Sewage behind Sal pollution: study (Goa, India)

You probably swapped gut microbes with everyone you've brushed up against on the subway - Quartz

Bioremediation 'significantly' neutralized pollution at Log Homes site, firm contends

Low-fiber diets mess up gut microbes—and changes can become heritable | Ars Technica

Being sociable may transmit 'good' gut microbes - The Economic Times

"Was Largest of Earth's Five Mass Extinctions Caused By Microbes?"

Biofilm mediated decontamination of pollutants from the environment Arindam Mitra and Suman Mukhopadhyay
Department of Microbiology, Adamas University, Kolkata 700126, West Bengal, India
Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, NIAID/NIH/HHS, Bethesda, MD, USA

New Links - added January 2016

Stormwater management and designing biofiltration systems
February 4, 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Conference : Applied Biotechnology, Bioremediation and Environmental Management
January 28, 2016 Greece

Phytotechnologies for Sustainable Development Conference
Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative
Kansas State University was chosen to host the 12th Annual International Phytotechnologies Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan
Sunday, September 27, 2015 (All day) to Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (All day)

Bioremediation: How to Clean Saturated Soils Using Plants (Phytoremediation) and Fungus (Mycoremediation)
WHEN: November 19, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change using lifestock that mimic nature

Alternative cleanup proposed for Allied landfill deserves close look
Kalamazoo, Michigan

LAHORE, India December 31, 2015 - The Lahore High Court has ordered the Punjab Chief Secretary to take immediate steps for setting up the Bioremediation Project in River Ravi.
During yesterday's hearing, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah ordered the chief secretary to proceed with the recommendations of the River Ravi Commission to protect the fundamental rights of the citizen of Lahore and the aquatic life in River Ravi.

Even the Sustainable Packaging Coalition isn't buying biodegradability
By Clare Goldsberry
December 30th, 2015
(this is the not-natural way to break down pastics, not bioremediation)
Oxo-biodegradable technology converts fragments into biodegradable materials

5 Students on Bellandur Lake Clean-up Drive (Bangalore, India)
After an extensive study which spanned for more than a year, the students have now come up with a project to clean up Bellandur Lake. The students have also decided to take up the March Bellandur on December 12 and submit the proposal to the authorities stressing the need to reduce phosphates in Bellandur Lake using an environmentally friendly multi-stage treatment process.

GrowOnUs, is a small floating garden that is proving it can make a real difference through phytoremediation in Gowanus Canal in New York City, one of the most polluted the waterways in the U.S., designated a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Hometown kids return home with awards from National FFA Agricscience Fair at the 88th National FFA Convention, Louisville, Kentucky
John and Royce's project was entitled "Environmentally friendly bioremediation: An analysis of Bioremediation in aquaponics systems utilizing recycled glass as a growth medium." Through a grant made possible by the Bandera Education Foundation Barnes and Derry have been studying the viability of using recycled glass as a growth medium in aquponics systems.

Urban Trees Provide Pollution Solution
Trees filter runoff, protect water

Plastics labelled "biodegradable" can add considerably tothe physical and chemical pollution of marine ecosystems, says UN report.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) opposes biodegradability additives in petroleum-based plastics
Sustainable Packaging Coalition releases position paper.

Natural History Museum Visitors Get A Look At Microbes In New Exhibit - CBS New York

Environmental science: Chemicals hinder oil-eating microbes : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Microbes that are key indicators of Puget Sound's health in decline | UW Today

UN: "Biodegradable" plastics not the answer to reducing marine litter

The Very Best Technique For Fulvestrant

Soil-healing properties of microbes trialled in Queensland - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

9 Fascinating Facts About The Microbiome, The Trillions Of Microbes Hidden Inside Us

The Hottest New Cancer Drugs Depend on Gut Microbes - The Atlantic

Oil field firm studies biology for spills
Associated Press

U of T wins silver at international science competition
iGEM placed at the Boston jamboree for bioremediation project

Bioremediation- The New Age Cleansing Technology of the Environment

Oil Dispersants Can Suppress Natural Oil-Degrading Microorganisms, New Study Shows
University of Georgia

Cleaning of North End Lake enters Bioremediation phase (South Africa)
The construction phase of the re-mediation of the North End Lake is fully operational with the construction of four stormwater gabion filter ponds at four points around the lake. The multi-million rand project is planned for completion before December.

Just Garden Landscape News (blog)

5 Best Plants For Phytoremediation

Using phytoremediation for the removal of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene

Bioremediation: The Favored Method for Oil Spill Clean-ups

Cleaning Up Pollution With Fungi

Bioremediation - Biodegradation - Biofiltration

Beneficial use of research-based consortium of effective microbes; EM

Soil Bioremediation Overview (and instructions)

Biodegradable Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind

PHYTO-REMEDIATION - An Ecological Approach to Restore Environment

New Links - added October 2015

3 Examples of Bioremediaton - 3-examples-of-bioremediation

UK researchers have identified a mutant plant that is able to thrive on soil contaminated with high concentrations of the explosive TNT. The finding opens the way to cleaning up the vast swathes of land throughout the world - principally military firing ranges - polluted with the highly toxic and persistent compound. In addition the team has pinpointed the mechanism by which TNT exerts its toxicity in plants, and say this could lead to the development of new herbicides.

Photos showing bioremediation of the Gulf of Mexico -

Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis. (B.t.i.)
Environmentally friendly insect control using microbes
Summit Chemical Co Mosquito Bits 30 -

MIT News (Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Using microbes to clean up oil spills
Professor Catherine Drennan and graduate student Michael Funk want energy production and environmental protection to go hand in hand.

The Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation's (AEHS) 31st Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy - taking place from October 19-22, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

While humans seem hardwired to create pollution, some species of plants, fungi, and bacteria are naturally inclined to clean up the hazardous waste we leave lying around everywhere.

Pakistan's new bioremediation plant at the capital's Rose and Jasmine Garden is a joint effort of the scientists of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Capital Development Authority (CSA).
Pakistan Observer
Business Recorder

EPA finalizes cleanup plan at N.J. paper mill
The EPA is requiring bioremediation using non-hazardous additives to break down the volatile organic compounds in the groundwater.

Bioremediation: nature's helping hand against metal pollution
Each year some of our students undertake summer projects and this year was no different. Here's an account of Msci Plant Science student Helen Feord working as part of Dr Jon Pittman's lab to research more into metal pollution. This project was supported by a Faculty of Life Sciences Sustainability studentship.

Bioremediation Technologies And Services Market
Bioremediation is a scientific waste management process that uses various, fungi, microorganisms, green plants and their enzymes to reinstate the environment to its original state after removing pollutants from a contaminated site.

Watch an animation that explains how to turn a toxic industrial wasteland into a vibrant local park. See how damaged landscapes are restored through bioremediation and redesign.
Urban Agriculture TV -

Mushrooms for mycoremediation - *

phytoremediation article - University of Montreal
Could Contaminated Land Actually Be Good for Trees?
High chemical tolerant plants can be used to rehabilitate land contaminated with heavy metals or petroleum by-products - some 30,000 such sites exist in Canada and 342,000 sites in Europe - through a process termed phytoremediation.
Could contaminated land actually be good for trees?
New research shows trees grown to decontaminate land can be better at fending off natural predators

A Floating Garden Blooms On NYC's Most Toxic Waterway
by Laura Feinstein
The Gowanus Canal is one of the country's most infamous superfund sites, a label designated to hazardous areas requiring long-term and extensive clean-up. Balmori Associates, an NYC-based design firm, is one of the precious few to see potential in the notoriously polluted waterway. Recently they designed, fabricated and launched a floating landscape called GrowOnUs, meant to produce food and filter pollution. -
Now floating in the middle of the Gowanus Canal, the infamously polluted waterway in Brooklyn: "An experiment to clean water through phytoremediation, desalination and rainwater collection to irrigate productive floating gardens." In short: a plant-filled, pollution-combating, floating island. by -
Floating island designers:

article - Los Angeles River
Restoring natural habitats
public art and urban gardens to the banks of the L.A. River

Styrofoam-Chomping Mealworms Can Help Solve Our Trash Problem

Biosorbent Mixture recipes for bioremedation -

Nutrients for Soil Bioremediation 'Land farming' oil spills might just work in ND -


A friendly alien photographed September 20, 2015. He is the first of many aliens to teach us new technology to save the planet. What better than phytotechnology??

FRTR Remediation Technologies Screening Matrix and Reference Guide
Ex Situ Biological Treatment for Groundwater, Surface Water, and Leachate

Oil spill: Bioremediation technology hits Nigeria
By Kunle Kalejaye

iGEM 2015 to focus on bioremediation
Using synthetic biology to tackle tar sand problem
By Niyma Gyalmo
What if there was a way to get bacteria culture to help clean up toxic substances? This year a team of young researchers from U of T aim to answer exactly that question at the 2015 iGEM competition at the Hynes Convention Centre in Boston. They will be presenting their main project, which focuses on engineering a bacterium to degrade toluene, one of many toxic compounds found in oil sand tailing ponds. iGEM - or, the International Genetically Engineered Machine - is a non-profit international community.

Santa Barbara Oil Spill: Why Aren't Effective and Nontoxic Bioremediation Agents Being Used to Clean Up this Spill?
Article asks why the officials in Santa Barbara are not using bioremediation products, but they already are using them, including the products mentioned in this article.

Underground Storage Tank Bioremediation Results
In a project (protocols) approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund (PSTIF), we were tasked with cleaning up their toughest project first (MW-II). This contaminated underground storage tank underground water remediation problem had been on the books for 6 years with all other attempts to remediate being unsuccessful.
With a US Coast Guard OSRO Certified Contractor controlling the implementation and subsequent testing of Oil Spill Eater II (OSE II) in an underground water contamination setting, we received these results in ONLY a twenty (20) day post OSE II injection.

Garden Tower Project on soil and bioremediation

The giving plant
Phytoremediation plants can help pull toxic chemicals and metals out of the ground. They're helping one urban grower restore its farm.

Phytoremediation of urban Brownfields: A Case for Industrial Hemp

Summertown: Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae: Cultivation, Gardening, Mycoremediation, Medicinal Use and Permaculture of Fungi with Tradd Cotter
An intimate 2-day immersion course with Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain, author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation by Chelsea Green
October 18-19, 2015, Spiral Ridge Permaculture in Summertown, Tennessee

'International Year of Soils' celebration planned in Manhattan, Kansas, Sept. 27, 2015 *

DEP terminates bioremediation at former Log Homes site
Great Barrington - After a downtown bioremediation test project was aborted last summer, and after more than a year of regulatory hassles over use of a new method to decontaminate the future site of a $40 million development, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) put the final kibosh on the work, saying that the agency was, instead, willing to discuss an alternative plan.

The Tardigrade: Practically Invisible, Indestructible 'Water Bears'
Typically taupe-ish and somewhat translucent, and a sixteenth of an inch or so long, they are variously described as resembling minuscule hippopotamuses (if hippos had giant snouts and eight legs, each with several claws), mites or, most commonly, bears. Many people call them "water bears" or "bears of the moss."

The future of fungi
Telluride Mushroom Festival celebrates magical world of mycelium

Dr. Wade Jeffrey is the new director and vision for the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation *

Phytoremediation: Can Hemp Help?

Water shortage: SAARC states willing to import bioremediation tech from Pakistan
The representatives from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries Monday showed their interest in importing bioremediation technology from Pakistan aimed at coping with water shortage challenges in their respective countries.
The delegates from SAARC countries including Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh showed their interest to import bioremediation technology from Pakistan at a conference to ensure proper use of sewerage for irrigation purposes in their respective countries.

New Links - added August 2015

Do you need to detox yourself from chemicals? take this quiz

Educational materials
Microbes and Oil Spills

Oil Biodegradation And Bioremediation A Tale Of The Two

Event (July 30, 2015)
PhD defense seminar: Harnessing mixed species biofilms for bioremediation

Educational Materials
Bioremediation Of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soil

IncoNet EaP sessions on Bioremediation and Phytoremediation will be organized as an integral part of the 6th European Bioremediation Conference, Chania, Crete, 29 June-2 July 2015

River of desert dust [including microbes] feeds Amazon forests

Bioremediation of Industrial Fill

Community Bioremediation Workshop with Nance Klehm
Nance Klehm of Social Ecologies with East Phillips Earth Repair & Twin Cities Permaculture
Friday, August 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM (CDT)
Minneapolis, MN

Research organization
International Phytotechnology Society

Bioremediation Technical Sales Account Representative

Student work
Bioremediation of oil spills in sea water

Earthworms could be used to extract toxic heavy metals, including cadmium and lead, from solid waste from domestic refuse collection and waste from vegetable and flower markets, according to researchers writing in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management.

"A Clean Sweep" will examine the adaptations of plants to natural radiation and their use in bioremediation. Here visitors will be able to investigate bioremediation of natural radiation using Geiger counters in simulated scenarios. The "The Light Fantastic" will explore how plants respond to their environment, including changing climate, by extracting chlorophylls, measuring chlorophyll absorption spectra and photosynthesis.
This event is supported by the Natural Environment Research Council as part of their Summer of Science. June 2015
The Manchester Museum, Manchester, England

Bioremediation for Radiation: Bacteria and Fungi
Bacteria that 'breathe' uranium could be used to naturally clean up radioactive waste Using Fungi to Remediate Radiation at Fukushima

1st of its kind swimming pool uses phytoremediation, other natural methods - does not require chemicals

Innovative water bioremediation: algae for sustainable aquaculture
by Michal Brien

What's behind the DEP's about-face on bioremediation?

Article (Sunset Magazine)
Head to Telluride's Fabulous Mushroom Festival

13 Year Old Scientist Finds Perfect Solution To The Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Corporation to clean up old dumping yards
Chennai Corporation is planning to set in motion bioremediation of polluted dumping yards of local bodies merged into the civic body's limits. The first dumping yard to be subjected to the process is likely to be a 15-acre site at Pallikaranai. Recurrent fire accidents at the yards have been affecting the air quality of the neighbouring residential areas.

Bioremediation Product Successfully Used for Environmentally Safe Treatment of Refinery and Chemical Waste

No Swimming: Famous Recreation Area Fails Sanitation Standards
By Vittorio Hernandez

How Some Cities Fight And Solve Sewer Overflows
By Vittorio Hernandez

How microbes can clean polluted water, from drains to rivers
Bioremediation uses naturally occurring bacteria, fungi or plants to degrade substances that are hazardous to human health or the environment
by Mayank Aggarwal

Poplar proteomics: Trees from distant sites compared
Poplar trees are cultivated because they are one of the more quickly growing trees and the wood can be used for a variety of purposes, including as a biofuel and in the paper industry. They are also grown to clean up contaminated fields by phytoremediation, acting as natural pumps to withdraw pesticides, fertilisers and heavy metals from the groundwater. For this, their speed of growth is a natural asset.

This Seaweed Tastes Like Bacon. It Could Help Clean The Oceans.

World Organic News
Mobileland Garden: Ecological Landscape & Phytoremediation Recovery at Global in Summertime

Govt to announce landfarm guidelines (New Zealand)
The Government will be announcing national guidelines this week for oil industry waste farms - known as landfarms.

Natural News
Bacteria that 'breathe' uranium could be used to naturally clean up radioactive waste


International Business Times
Advantages Of Bioremediation Brought To Light By Increasing Pipeline And Open Water Pollution

Microbes and insects could boost plant health, improve farm yields | Genetic Literacy Project

Unand, Batan Cooperate in Bioremediation of Wheat Land in Solok (Sumatra)

NBC News
Alien Life on a Comet? Microbe Musings About Philae Spark Skepticism

CNN Money
Cost Efficiency Advantages for Bioremediation Waste Management Techniques & Products Lead to Global Distribution Opportunities as Company Expands its Distributor Channels

Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: River of desert dust feeds Amazon forests

Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost : The Salt : NPR

Webmaster complaint
When I Google search "hazmat landfills" and bioremediation, I only get these links:
Landfills would be the most effective place to use bioremediation, but it appears at this writing, most hazmat landfills only store the toxic sludge in containers, and they don't do much to transform it back into usable dirt. Even if you don't grow food in remediated soil, at least it could be used as roadside dirt, or in construction. What's the use of leaving crappy, toxic soil in storage? It will ultimately leak out and cause more pollution, meanwhile costing major dollars to keep in storage. Somebody tell me why this makes any sense? The next time I Google "hazmat landfills" and bioremediation, I want to see a lot more progress.

Urban microbes come out of the shadows: Nature News & Comment

permaculture Phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminants in soil

Mushrooms Hold Key to Stormwater Treatment

Metagenomic Sequencing Unearths Strange New Bacteria From Bioremediation Site

Phytoremediation of the Oil Sands

Smart bioremediation to clean water, protect wild rice

Encyclopedia listing
Phytoremediation in Encyclopedia Britannica

Toxic Realities and Radical Remedies: A Grassroots Bioremediation Intensive

Phytoremediation, Biodiversity, and Saving the Bees

Deodorizing balls help clean waterways, remove stench
Philippine city begins to use bioremediation for local waterways.

Portland installs turbines in their city water pipes that Generate Electricity
Portland's New Pipes Harvest Power From Drinking Water
Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes

Aqua Landscaping (recently showcased in Dwell magazine)

Enlisting The Services Of Microbial Communities Microbes that can break down organic pollutants could play an important role in cleaning the waterways of highly urbanized areas.
Asian Scientist Newsroom

Global Microbial Biosurfactants Market Receives Massive Boost from Change in Consumer Preference: TMR News
The microbial biosurfactants market is primarily driven by a shift in consumer preference from synthetic and chemical-based surfactants to biobased products.

Article - Boston
Mass. DEP halts bioremediation at former Log Homes site; more data needed, agency insists
Great Barrington - A $40 million development project envisioned for what is still a toxic waste site on Bridge Street had yet another setback last month when the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) told the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDC) that it would not allow "experimental bioremediation" efforts to continue without "empirical evidence" that they actually work.

2006 Alert fuel spill cleaned using bioremediation techniques
Technique uses natural microorganisms to break down fuel
CBC News

Mushrooms for Backyard Medicine: Tradd Cotter from Mushroom Mountain

Microbes Can Survive In Meteorites If Shielded From UV Radiation
by Elizabeth Howell for Astrobiology Magazine
Moffett Field CA

OMNNI worked closely with the Wisconsin DNR, Winnebago County, the City of Menasha and a forestry consultant to remediate a contaminated site in Menasha using phytoremediation. The site was once a former drum recycling operation.

Tree research could clean ground pollution

New Links - added May 2015

How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes - Goats and Soda - NPR

It's 'Earth Day' !!! Let's celebrate the wonders of fungi and mycoremediation

A systems approach to improved root traits - Philip Benfey
New Phytologist

UWF earns $231,000 grant to continue oil spill research
University of West Florida

Local Bio-Remediation Efforts
The Bioremediation Collective is a group of people who care deeply about the coastal environment and want to play an active role in protecting against, and remediating, the destruction to our beloved coast.
Our current project is one of Mycoremediation, a process of using oyster mushroom myclia to break down toxins and oil left in water. This project was inspired by the recent oil spill in English Bay [Vancouver, Canada], and is geared towards preparing people of the coast to have enough mycelia growing to clean up this present and future oil spills.

Bioremediation & Mycoremediation to clean up oil spills
Posted by AbZu
Another good page from this site:

Blog posts on microbial bioremediation for oil contaminated waters

educational/definition of Phytoremeciation
Phytoremediation is an environmentally-friendly tool for the removal of toxic compounds, such as heavy metals, from contaminated soils. . . .

academic study
Bioremediation of heavy metal in paper mill effluent
using pseudomonas spp S.R.Paranthaman and B. Karthikeyan
International Journal of Microbiology Vol. 1, Issue 4
Microbioz Journals

Algae Bioremediation for Waste Treatment (great video)

input request
EPA Encourages the Public to Provide Input on Plan to Address Contaminated Groundwater at Curtis Specialty Papers Superfund Site in Milford and Alexandria Township, New Jersey; Public Meeting to Take Place May 28, 2015

Bioremediation: Cleaning Waterways With Tiny Microbes
A seven-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways has the potential to play an important role in cleansing Singapore's waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators.
The study found that canals designed to channel rainwater host microbial communities that could remove and neutralise organic pollutants in raw water. These organic pollutants are currently at trace levels in raw water—well below the United States-Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) drinking water standards—which is removed during water treatment processes.

Environmental Applications of Plants: Bioremediation & Bioenergy
Prof. Sharon Doty
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington, College of the Environment

Bioremediaton of Oil Hydrocarbons Contaminated Soil
Iwona Zawierucha
Institute of Chemistry, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology, Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa, Poland

educational bioremediation graphics and explanation

Researcher Aura Nousiainen's story as a bioremediation researcher

Slide show to explain mycoremediation

Educational article
Phytoremediation: Super-plants Technology to Clean up the Environment
by Rohini Bansode

Article - Times of India
IMC in action mode to curb trenching ground fire
Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is planning to insert vent pipes in mounds of municipal waste to release trapped methane and station fire tenders on permanent basis to douse fire.

Video: Bioremediation of Crude Oil in Amazon Rain Forest
by Male Jared

Article - Scientific American
How Microbes Helped Clean BP's Oil Spill
The microscopic organisms bloomed in the wake of the Macondo well disaster
By David Biello
Like cars, some microbes use oil as fuel. Such microorganisms are a big reason why BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was not far worse.

Spent mushroom compost for bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon polluted soil: A review
Okerentugba, P.O., Orji, F.A., Ibiene, A.A., and Elemo, G.N.
Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Department of Biotechnology, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, PMB 21023, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. (PDF will download automatically to your computer)

Executive Indifference Delays Phytoremediation And Industrial Hemp

Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Soil / Hemp

Educational slide show - bioremediation
by Siti Jariani Mohd Jani

Research paper - Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
Practical Bioremediation Course—Laboratory Exercises on Biodegradation of Cationic Surfactant
Tomislav Ivankovic, Maja Mejdandzic, Sandra Postic, Nikola Malesevic, Jasna Hrenovic
Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Bioremediation is an optional course for final year Biology students at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. Because it was difficult to design and conduct a set of exercises to fit the course curriculum and satisfactorily demonstrate bioremediation basics through practical laboratory work, the bioremediation course students, with the help of a teaching assistant, designed the experiment to explain how natural bioremediation differs from engineered bioremediation. This paper provides a simulated bioremediation of Jarun lake in Zagreb, Croatia, if it were contaminated with benzalkonium chloride (BAC). The BAC was chosen because it was possible to estimate its concentration using simple analytical measurements.

Pollution-eating bacteria and iron make fast food out of toxic soup
by Deborah Smith
Adding pollution-eating micobes to a standard remediation practice involving iron can dramatically speed up the breakdown of toxic industrial chemicals in groundwater, UNSW research shows.

Artisanal fishermen can start bioremediation project with seaweed (Chile)
The Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) has submitted the three resolutions to the leaders of Caletas Unidas of Bay of Quintero authorizing management action with the kelp (Macrocystis spp.), in three management areas. The objective of this measure is to initiate a bioremediation process in the area by farming/restocking this brown seaweed.

Cleanup at former New England Log Homes site in Great Barrington set to resume
By Derek Gentile

Mycoremediation site:
mushrooms, supplements, specialty items, and information on mushrooms

La Trobe University (Australia) bioremediation pages, Dr. Franks Lab

International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
ISSN: 2319-7706 Volume 4 Number 5 (2015) pp. 390-403
Original Research Article
Bioremediation of Petroleum Oil by Potential Biosurfactant-Producing Bacteria using Gravimetric Assay
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Unit, College of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia, Cairo University, College of Agriculture, Department of Microbiology, Genetics, Cairo, Egypt, Ahmad F. Shahaby, Abdulla A. Alharthi, and Adel E. El Tarras PDF

The third International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies. The event will take place May 18 to 21, 2015, in Miami, Florida, at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

Islamabad A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) and Critical Green, a private company, for technical cooperation and promotion of scientific development and deployment of Bioremediation through Hybrid Constructed Wetlands as most feasible, cost effective and socially acceptable solution of waste-water treatment.

Bioremediation—A Practical Tool for Oil Clean-ups

360-Degree Wastewater Bioremediation
By Jeffery Schone, Waste & Water Digest
Luke Air Force Base (LAFB) in Glendale, Ariz., has improved its traditional methods of managing POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant)-contaminated wastewater, in partnership with Continental Research Corp. for bioremediation. Through equalized distribution of bacteria into oil-water separators, holding tanks and grease traps, LAFB has achieved full sustainability of wastewater and eliminated pump-and-treat methods.
The bacteria injection of the Bacto-Treat OWS (oil-water separator) was initiated in October 2013, and the results documented over the first year were impressive. By tackling wastewater with a 360-degree approach using the oil-water separator and ND-365 bacterial dosage system, wastewater compliance was made easy and sustainable and achieved cost savings.

Phytoremediation of Crude Oil Contaminated Marine Water with Halophytes endowed with the Capacity to Catabolize Naphthalene, by Kalyani Rajalingham

Bioremediation of radiation - United States Patent Application 20150122731 Kind Code: A1
Bioremediation Reactor Systems (it would be better to stop using nuclear power, but research into bioremediation of radiation is one of our interests)

Mycoremediation of Lavaca Bay, Victoria, Texas

Video: Bioremediation agent is the Greenovation
Keeen on Air TV Channel 3 (Bangkok, Thailand)

Article - Montana
Plant life at the Berkeley Pit may actually hold the key to helping mine-damaged lands recover their vitality. The area surrounding the Berkeley Pit—a man-made lake of toxic water in Butte that would likely kill a human or animal that drank from it.

Wyoming educational opportunity
The 13th annual Diversified Ag Tour in June [2015] will showcase how Wyoming agriculture producers are using innovative ideas to add value to their operations, as well as delight palates with morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.

Government contract issued (2013)
The Department of the Army awarded this $40,141 contract to Regenesis Bioremediation Pdts for Hazardous Material Spill Containment and Clean-Up Equipment and Material.

positive energy
Tesla's $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

UHD Hosts 200 High School Students for Buffalo Bayou Service Project
Houston, Texas

New Links - added April 2015

Illustration - Bioremediation overview diagram

World Waterday Celebration
Phytorid based sewage treatment plant was officially inaugurated (Phytorid is a phytoremediation system for cleaning sewage)

The spiritual advantages of trees

Dissertation/thesis online free
Use of solvents for PAHs extraction and enhancement of the PAHs bioremediation in coal-tar-contaminated soils
Pak-Hing Lee
Iowa State University

Master's thesis (online free)
Phosphate-Induced Lead Immobilization in Contaminated Soil,
by Joonki Yoon

Abstract only
Phytoremediation of Cd, Ni, Pb AND Zn
by Salvinia minima.

Abstract only
Studies on the Phytoremediation of HCH-Contamainated Soil

Abstract only
Bioremediation of a soil contaminated by lindane utilizing the fungus Ganoderma australe via response surface methodology
Mixtures of a sandy soil and wheat straw were doped with the organochlorine insecticide lindane in glass tubes and were inoculated with the polypore fungus, Ganoderma australe.
Journal of Hazardous Materials Vol. 140; no. 1; pp. 325 - 332

A recent paper in Applied and Environmental Microbiology investigates. In the introduction, the authors explain that ionizing radiation causes strand breaks in DNA, the generation of reactive oxygen species which can cause protein oxidation, and increased levels of electron donors. article

How to farm mushrooms for Slow Food, medicine, bioremediation

A blog about compost, and problems with composting material that contains chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc.

Basic explanation of bioremediation

Dead zone-forming algae could be used to enrich soils and produce biofuel, say scientists Farmers may be able to harness the algal blooms caused by agricultural runoff into a viable product, thereby preventing dead zones in not just local waterways but across larger regions, according to a new study conducted by researchers from and presented at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in March.
Learn more:

Free research paper (should download a PDF automatically)
Biodegradation and Bioremediation in Oiled Marine Environments
Considerations in understanding Biodegradation and developing, testing and applying bioremediation products

Free research paper (will download a PDF and open it automatically)
In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation : Papers from the Fourth International in Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium, New Orleans, April 28-May 1, 1997 (Vol 1) (Bioremediation)

Community Bioremediation, Strengthening Our Food Web
April 5, 2015—bioremediation, biosyntropy, cleaning our soil, community, community bioremediation, festival, Food Web, food web stories, living intentional systems, lucidity festival, remeditation, soil, soils, urban gardening, workshops marshland. On Sunday, April 12th Food Web Stories will present a workshop at Lucidity Festival on Community Bioremediation.

Clean Water Activist Christopher Swain
We wish that Christopher Swain would discover bioremediation. At this point he advocates awareness and prevention, but he might think the only solution is dredging. He could become a great advocate for the R&D of bioremediation, which has the potential to do a much better job of cleaning up toxic waste sites.

University doctoral candidate researches bacterial microbe groundwater purification
Joanna Adadevoh to present additional findings, mathematical models, real-world applications

A plant-microorganism combined method for enhanced phytoremediation of petroleum contaminated soil

Original Research Article
Enhanced BM Inoculant Using Bio carrier for Bioremediation
Gloria Y. Ponciano
Tarlac College of Agriculture Institute of Agriculture and Forestry Malacampa, Camiling, Tarlac Philippines

Hemp for phytoremediation
There are many plants that work as phytoremediators, and hemp is not the most efficient; but it is often selected due to its rapid rate of growth. There is also evidence to suggest that hemp absorbs the heavy metal cadmium very well. Hemp was planted in Chernobyl in the late 1990s, in addition to sunflowers (also a phytoremediator) which were already planted, in an effort to help scrub the soil.

Research paper
Bioremediation of Wastewater by Using Microalgae: An Experimental Study
by Ayodhya D Kshirsagar

Anthrax Remediating the Effects of Bioremediation 2002 EPA

article -
Coconut husk, plant bark can remove toxic metals from soil
Ishita Bhadra, TNN

BLM unaware oil company was using pipeline
Almost a decade after Belle Fourche Pipeline Co., a True Oil company, told the Bureau of Land Management it was no longer using a pipeline 44 miles southeast of Buffalo, the pipeline leaked 25,200 gallons of crude oil onto public lands.

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Bioremediation and CO2 scavenging using molybdenum-containing enzymes
by Fonseca, Luís Filipe Madureira
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Research on Ectopic Bioremediation of Saline-alkali Soil

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Application of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria in Bioremediation of Heavy Metal Polluted Soil
Kamran Iqbal Shinwari, Abid Ullah Shah, Muhammad Irfan Afridi, Muhammad Zeeshan, Haziq Hussain, Javed Hussain, Owais Ahmad

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Phytoremediation: An Environmentally Sound Technology for . For example, sunflowers were successfully used to remove radioactive contaminants from pond Examples where phytoremediation has been used successfully include the restoration of abandoned metal mine workings, reducing the impact of contaminants

Atmospheric Water Generators (AWGs):
Other new water generating technology: Groasis Waterboxx (using plants); Max Whisson vertical windmill (using wind power).

Google Doc: list of bioremedation advanced science technology papers and links
Google docs

Bioremediation Group Laguna
This site was created and maintained by the students pertaining to Bioremediation Research group of the School of Biological Science Torreon (Escuela de Ciencias Biologicas de la Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila en la ciudad de Torreon) of the Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico for open discussion on the themes related to Environment, contamination, remediation, science and life.

Meetup Group
Chicagoland Permaculture Meetup Group
We see this group as an evolving resource to help facilitate the application of permaculture, it's principles, and connection with others who wish to be involved with permaculture in the Chicagoland region.
Founded December 5, 2006, Chicago, Illinois

The program of the Third International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies will present information on advances in bioremediation and the incorporation of green and sustainable practices in remediation.
May 18-20, 2015, Miami, Florida

Positive power:
Defective Graphene Actually Improves Fuel Cells, Research

Phytoremediation Dynamic Model For Environmental Management
By Rafael R. Canales-Pastrana, B.S., Physics Applied to the Electronics, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao M.S., Physics, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras
Global contamination has increased in post-industrial times and with it the chemical degradation of the environment. Different cleanup techniques of chemical contaminants have been developed, being phytoremediation one of the most viable and cost effective processes.

Blog article: bioremediation of polluted waterways in Bangalore, India

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Potential of alfalfa for use in chemically and biologically assisted phytoremediation of soil co-contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons and metals

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Phytoremediation of Cadmium Contaminated Soils: Advances and Researching Prospects
Phytoremediation of Benzo[a]Pyrene-Contaminated Soil by Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)
The Field Application of Microbial Technology Used in Bioremediation of Urban Polluted River
The Evaluation of Process of Bioremediation of Oil-Polluted Soils by Different Strains of Pseudomonas
The Effect of Plant Growth Regulator for Phytoremediation
Bioremediation In Situ of an Alkaline Soil Polluted with Heavy Metals
Effects of Multispecies Phytoremediation on the Fate of Phenanthrene and Pyrene in Soils
Bioremediation Condition Optimization of Hydrocarbon in Soil Using Response Surface Methodology by Microbial Consortium KL9-1
Enhanced In-Situ Anaerobic Bioremediation of TCE-Contaminated Groundwater Using Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron (nZVI)
Experimental Study on the Phytoremediation of Manganese Contaminated Soil Using Phytolacca acinosa Roxb
Research Progresses in Soil Phytoremediation Polluted by Cadmium
Phytoremediation of Petroleum-Contaminated Soil: Corn, sunflower and alfalfa were taken as remediation plants. Their phytoremediation and degradation kinetic of petroleum were investigated under field experiment.

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Experimental design approach to the optimization of PAHs bioremediation from artificially contaminated soil: application of variables screening development
Masoumeh Ravanipour, Roshanak Rezaei Kalantary, Anoushiravan Mohseni-Bandpi, Ali Esrafili, Mahdi Farzadkia and Samireh Hashemi-Najafabadi

Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot, Colorado
The Department of Defense's Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program worked together with the community to select a safe technology—neutralization followed by bio treatment—to destroy the chemical weapons stored at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.
The five steps:
Robotic equipment removes explosives from the weapon.
The system remotely accesses the weapon's interior and washes out the mustard agent with water under high pressure.
Next the facility neutralizes mustard agent with caustic solution and hot water. The byproduct is hydrolysate.
Microbes treat the hydrolysate, breaking it down into brine. The brine is separated and the water recycled. Staff ship the resulting salt cakes for disposal at a permitted facility.
After heating metal parts to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (nearly 538 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes, crews send them out for recycling.

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Colonization of D3 Strain in Soil and Tomato Rhizosphere and Its Bioremediation of Chlorpyrifos

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Field and Greenhouse Studies of Phytoremediation with California Native Plants for Soil Contaminated with Petroleum Hydrocarbons, PAHs, PCBs, Chlorinated Dioxins/Furans, and Heavy Metals
Matthew Robert Poltorak, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

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Mycoremediation of Crude Oil at Different Concentrations, Salinity, Ph Level by Fungus, Aspergillus Niger: Optimizing Condition for Environmental Clean-Up

Lallemand launches aquaculture solutions at VIV Asia

A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source
By Sebastian Anthony

You may be your germs: Microbe genes slipped into human DNA, study says -

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Homology Modeling of Versatile Peroxidases from Pleurotus sapidus Reveals Residues for Site Directed Mutagenesis to Enhance the Bioremediation Ability,
by Chockalingam Nirmala, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, VMKV Engineering College, Vinayaka Missions University, Salem-636 308, India Chelvaraya Kannan Hindumathy and Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, VMKV Engineering College, Vinayaka Missions University, Salem-636 308, India Shanmugam Anusuya
Journal of Applied Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

RSK Benelux's bioremediation technology in the press
World Water, a leading international water magazine, has published an article on a new groundwater bioremediation technology developed by VITO (a leading Belgian independent research organisation in the field of clean technologies and sustainable development) with technical support from RSK.
Full article (World Water site, Volume 38, Issue 1, 20-21):

Phytoremediation, presented by Mithilesh Kumar purvey Biotech 4 th sem. BBAU,Lucknow

113 Mushroom - Mycoremediation Grouping
Student Work at Greenfield Community College
Student Work at Greenfield Community College

The Amazon Mycorenewal Project

Illinois Mycological Association

New Links - added March 2015

Article: Make a moss solution you can paint on walls for green graffiti

Bioremediation Statement

Bioremediation, Biostimulation and Bioaugmention: A Review, by Godleads Omokhagbor Adams, Prekeyi Tawari Fufeyin, Samson Eruke Okoro, Igelenyah Ehinomen

Immobilization of Selenite via Two Parallel Pathways during In-situ Bioremediation
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Academic article:
Performance Evaluation of Sewage Treatment Plants in Sri Lanka

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Agricultural scientists find growing oats effective way of removing heavy metal strontium from soil contaminated by nuclear fall out

Study Details Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Beach Microbial Communities. When oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill first began washing ashore on Pensacola Municipal Beach in June 2010, populations of sensitive microorganisms, including those that capture sunlight or fix nitrogen from the air, began to decline. At the same time, organisms able to digest light components of the oil began to multiply, starting the process of converting the pollutant to carbon dioxide and biomass.

Review Graymills Bioremediation 536R-A Water-based Heated-heated

Passaic River polluters funding bacteria study to clean up toxic mess

Oil spills could be cleaned up by bacteria from underground petroleum reserves Article:
Re-Assessment of Bioremediation to Depollute Oil and Gas in Niger Delta

PARC, CDA jointly construct Bioremediation treatment plant at Rose and Jasmine Garden
The bioremediation treatment plant has been jointly constructed by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) with an aim to clean the sewerage water of the city and use it for green belt that will help to save drinking water.

Enhancing microbial activity contributes to the remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with pesticides

Academic credentials:
Sue Baldwin, UBC professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, leads a discussion about the treatment of mine-affected water through the applications of bioremediation and meta-genomics. Bioremediation is a useful approach for treating mine-affected water. It is based on natural biogeochemical processes and can be more cost-effective than chemical precipitation.

Article: Agricultural scientists find growing oats effective way of removing heavy metal strontium from soil contaminated by nuclear fallout, By Babs McHugh
Global scientists have had a breakthrough in the use of a common cereal crop to remove the heavy metal strontium from contaminated soil.

Article: Student design team wins international recognition for research on Willow Run property remediation

Uses of Compost: Bioremediation

Switchgrass And Microbes Eliminate PCBs From Soils, Ecologists Find, by Michelle Panganiban Sky Gardens Blog
Watch the Panel Session "Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation - Chapter One" with Patrick Carey, Dr. Alan Darlington, Dr. Paul Mankiewicz, and Dr. Clayton Rugh from Our Virtual Summit 2013

Article - Mumbai: Residents want to restore Dahisar River to its former glory - See more at:

Bioremediation method for accelerated biological decomposition of petroleum hydrocarbons in sea ice-covered polar regions, and bacteria and enzyme mixtures as agents for carrying out said method

Bioremediation Blog, by Daniel Reyes

Article: 'Bioremediation, a Green Solution to Eco Damage'

Cape Cod Phyto-reediation Infrastructure guide (photos only)

Academic paper
Bioremediation of Contaminated Soil Containing Crude Oil, by Rodolfo Luis Casimiro
researchers found proof of a bacteria living 12 miles underground, making it the first of its kind ever found. This also suggests that some life can exist at extreme conditions, meaning that similar life on other planets is possible.

Bioremediation and Sustainability: Research and Applications
Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oilfield Systems: Proceedings from the International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems (ISMOS-2), 2009 Hardcover - October 27, 2010
by Corinne Whitby (Editor), Torben Lund Skovhus (Editor)
phytoremediation posters, projects, and diagrams
Researchers from universities in China, Switzerland and Australia have identified that the naked oat is best suited to remove radioactive strontium from contaminated soils.
UWA: Oats could hold key to nuclear clean-ups

AEHS Foundation "Helping the international community adopt and maintain environmentally sound & sustainable practices."
25th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air, San Diego, March 23-26, 2015
Publications: "Soil & Sediment Contamination Journal" * "International Journal of Phytoremediation" * "Environmental Forensics" * "Human and Ecological Risk Assessment" Website includes online books, and more information about the Foundation.

Phytoremediation research tool at the National Institute of Environmental Health, part of the National Institute of Health.
Use the search tools below to find additional information about SRP-funded phytoremediation studies.

International Phytotechnology Society
Phytotechnology is the strategic use of plants to solve environmental problems by remediating the qualities and quantities of our soil, water, and air resources and by restoring ecosystem services in managed landscapes.
Battelle's Third International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies will take place in Miami, Florida from May 18-21, 2015.

Academic study (abstract only)
Phytoremediation of Chromium and Fluoride in Industrial Waste Water by Using Aquatic Plant Ipomoea Aquatica.

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"Properties of bacterial laccases and their application in bioremediation of industrial wastes."
The bioremediation process of industrial waste can be made more efficient using ligninolytic laccase enzymes, which are obtained from fungi, bacteria, higher plants, insects, and also in lichen. Laccase are catalyzed in the mono-electronic oxidation of a substrate from the expenditure of molecular oxygen. This enzyme belongs to the multicopper oxidases and participates in the cross linking of monomers, involved in the degradation of wide range industrial pollutants. In recent years, these enzymes have gained application in pulp and paper, textile and food industries. There are numerous reviews on laccases; however, a lot of information is still unknown due to their broad range of functions and applications. In this review, the bacterial laccases are focused for the bioremediation of various industrial pollutants.

Academic seminar
April 15, 2015, UC Berkeley
"Phytoremediation - Panacea or Wishful Thinking? Case Studies from the Terry Lab" Norman Terry
Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar
Sponsor: Plant and Microbial Biology Department

Green Ways to Clean Up Oil Spills, by Luis Vargas

Review of plants for microbially-assisted phytoremediation

Review of bioremediation presentation
On Friday January 23rd, Kent Armstrong came into my APES E block class to discuss his work on bioremediation. . . .

Academic research (abstract only)
Researchers at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station observed a remarkable difference in the accumulation of 2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-1,1-dichloroethylene (DDE) at the subspecies level of Cucurbita pepo. C. pepo ssp pepo (zucchini Raven) accumulates DDE, while C. pepo ssp ovifera (squash Zephyr) did not possess this capacity. In a first part, this study investigates whether the differences in DDE-accumulation can be related to differences in the plant-associated bacterial populations.

a prototype terrarium that uses bioremediation techniques to destroy plastic while creating edible fungus creations in the form of little pods that can be flavored and filled.
Another publication of the same article:

Academic article (entire article)
Bioremediation of industrial wastewater polluted with trace metals using oil bean seed shell
F. U. Okwunodulu*, F. K. Onwu and S. A. Odoemelam
Department of Chemistry, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Nigeria

Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as well as air pollution.

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PGPRs and nitrogen-fixing legumes: a perfect team for efficient Cd phytoremediation?
María Teresa Gómez-Sagasti1 and Daniel Marino

Bioremediation Companies Help Restore The Environment Naturally
Although the most sensational aspects of a major oil spill usually disappear from the news cycle quickly, the long-term environmental damage lingers for months or years. The sight of animal rescue teams cleaning waterbirds illustrates visible damage, but some of the most important cleanup work today is being done by micro-organisms. Bioremediation companies use them to literally consume environmental pollutants. . . .

job offer FMC Corporation announced the launch of its new anaerobic bioremediation ELS product, an emulsified lecithin substrate designed to enhance in-situ anaerobic bioremediation of groundwater containing chlorinated contaminants. ELS product combines lecithin with a surfactant - both food grade - to support the growth of bacteria that degrade chlorinated organic contaminants in groundwater. As a stable, concentrated emulsion, it is easily diluted with cold water at project sites and is suitable for use under a wide range of conditions. ELS can treat chlorinated solvents, chlorobenzenes, haloalkanes, pesticides and organic explosive compounds, giving it potential for use at dry cleaners, military bases, and manufacturing plants, among other sites.

Excerpt from a March 30, 2007 interview:

Bob: I have strains of bacteria and enzymes that break down hydrocarbons. Here, where a lot of the oil is and comes from (in California), we provided one of the contractors. He goes to old service stations and the EPA requires him to biodegrade all the hydrocarbons, which is the oil, out of the soil, before they can build on that property again.

Nori: So the bacteria eats oil?

Bob: Different strains of bacteria have an appetite for hydrocarbons and they will clean it up. An abandoned gas station and all the ground around it is saturated with hydrocarbons and they'll just eat it up.

Prairie Oil Field of Canada begins to use bioremediation RATHWELL, MB, CANADA--(Marketwired - May 31, 2013) - Hutech21Co. Ltd. (PINKSHEETS: CLGZF), d.b.a. Prairie Oil Field Services Ltd. ("Prairie Oil Field" or "the Company"), a mining, manufacturer and distributor of crushed gravel and sand materials in North America, announced today that it plans to negotiate the licensing of a biotreatment process that can provide year round, quick, simple and efficient solution to dispose of contaminated soils. The technology is completely natural and does not represent a threat to human health, plants and animals. In fact, all the microorganisms used are included in the list of substances authorized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. "What makes this process different from other biotechnologies is its superior effectiveness and ability to quickly attain results -- turning contaminated, wasted soil into revenue-generating, reusable soils," said Darcy Hird, President and CEO of Prairie Oil Field.

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Comparative Kinetic Study of Different Bioremediation Processes for Soil Contaminated with Petroleum Hydrocarbons
Laila A. Farahat and Nour Sh. El-Gendy
Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, Nasr City, Cairo

Academic research (entire paper)
Bioremediation and Tolerance of Humans to Heavy Metals through Microbial Processes: a Potential Role for Probiotics?
Marc Monachese, Jeremy P. Burton, and Gregor Reida
Human Microbiology and Probiotics, Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada,a and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

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Bioremediation of Metal-Rich Effluents: Could the Invasive Bivalve Work as a Biofilter?
Metal-bearing effluents, such as acid mine drainage (AMD), are particularly problematic because metals can easily bioaccumulate in organisms and biomagnify across the trophic chain.

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Academic research (full study available)
Bioremediation of a Complex Industrial Effluent by Biosorbents Derived from Freshwater Macroalgae
Joel T. Kidgell, Rocky de Nys, Yi Hu, Nicholas A. Paul, David A. Roberts
Biosorption with macroalgae is a promising technology for the bioremediation of industrial effluents. However, the vast majority of research has been conducted on simple mock effluents with little data available on the performance of biosorbents in complex effluents. Here we evaluate the efficacy of dried biomass, biochar, and Fe-treated biomass and biochar to remediate 21 elements from a real-world industrial effluent from a coal-fired power station. The biosorbents were produced from the freshwater macroalga Oedogonium sp. (Chlorophyta) that is native to the industrial site from which the effluent was sourced, and which has been intensively cultivated to provide a feed stock for biosorbents.

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Rhizosphere Microbial Activity During Phytoremediation of Diesel-Contaminated Soil

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Influence of urban activity in modifying water parameters, concentration and uptake of heavy metals in Typha latifolia L. into a river that crosses an industrial city

Article - bioremediation in New Jersey
Bacteria enlisted for Passaic River cleanup, by Scott Fallon, staff writer

Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University

Academic article
Bioremediatino, Bioaugmentation & Phytoremediation, by Kavita (HubPages author)

Article, Kansas State University
International workshop about current issues in phytoremediation with biomass production
By Mary Reichert
On Jan. 12, Lawrence Davis, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, attended the international workshop at the Department of the Environment, Faculty of Natural Resources, Matej Bel University, the Slovak Republic, where he presented "Phytoremediation with miscanthus produced for bioenergy."

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Journal of Applied Microbiology
Degradation of cefquinome in spiked milk as a model for bioremediation of dairy farm waste milk containing cephalosporin residues
R.A. Horton, L.P. Randall, V. Bailey-Horne, K. Heinrich, M. Sharman, L.A. Brunton, R.M. La Ragione, and J.R. Jones

Q&A on bioremediation
Can the effluent of secondary treatment of pulp and paper plant be reused for irrigation?

Academic article (partial abstract only) "Environmental Guru"
Home-grown bioremediation process turns harmful industrial sludge into useful fertilisers

Academic article (abstract only) Georgia Tech Library
Microbes and monitoring tools for anaerobic chlorinated methane bioremediation, by Shandra D. Justicia-Leon

Mycoremediation Responce Team of
Vertically Integrated Sustainable Urban Permaponics Farming, New York City style

PhD position available in University of Guelph School of Environmental Sciences

The University of Hawaii obtained permission to import industrial hemp seeds.
Good for Hawaii, good for the environment.
As part of Hawaii's Industrial Hemp Research Project, hemp grown from the seeds will be used for biofuel research and phytoremediation research. Phytoremediation is the direct use of green plants and their associated microorganisms to stabilize or reduce contamination in soils, sludges, sediments, surface water, or ground water, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Media profile: Jillian Banfield
In the field, Banfield examines bioremediation, a waste management procedure that introduces microorganisms to eliminate pollutants from a contaminated site.

New Links - added 2014

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation Book Preview

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques for Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation

Based on our urban mushroom farm, VIfarms has created a Mycological Response Team which is designed to help clean-up petrochemical and bacterial pollutants in a fast and ecological manner.

MycoRemediation Design Course. Mon, Mar 30, 2015 11:00am 11:00. Fri, Apr 3, 2015 12:00pm 12:00. Fungi For the People Eugene, Oregon USA.

The experiment conducted by Adenipekun and Isikhuemhen focused on the bioremediative properties of the fungus Lentinus squarrosulus pertaining specifically to motor oil (abstract only).

Video: Using fungi to clean up toxic Waste, The Ocean Beach Oil spill Cleanup

On Mycoremediation: An Interview With Paul Stamets, a mycoremediation expert, explains some of the ways mushrooms can lead to a healthier Earth—all by using natural means.

Study Results from Institute for Environment Update Understanding of Ecology Research [Phytoremediation of zinc contaminated soils using silver birch

Take a microbe that occurs naturally in eastern cottonwood trees, sprinkle it on lawn grass or willow tree roots and then plant them in contaminated soil. Toxins are removed from the soil, the plant lives longer and the toxins are not only absorbed by the plant, but the microbe actually breaks down the toxins.
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The importance of symbiosis of Mesorhizobium with Astralagus sinicus in the bioremediation of cadmium in organic soils

Phytoremediation for Green Energy

Magical Microbes: Using Natural Endophytes to Remove Environmental Pollutants
University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS)

Hawaii to use hemp as biofuel

Using Contaminated Plants Involved in Phytoremediation for Anaerobic Digestion (abstract only).
Phytoremediation of Metals: A Numerical Analysis (abstract only).
Opportunities for Phytoremediation and Bioindication of Arsenic Contaminated Water Using a Submerged Aquatic Plant:Vallisneria natans (lour.) Hara. (abstract only)
Original Source: Selenium Biotransformations in an Engineered Aquatic Ecosystem for Bioremediation of Agricultural Wastewater via Brine Shrimp Production.

Importance of plants and microorganisms in the Phytoremediation of brownfield sites (abstract only)

Phytoremediation potential of Landoltia punctata on petroleum hydrocarbons
T̈ḂTAK Turkish Journal of Botany

Active Phytoremediation Wall System | SOM + Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Manila Standard Today
The Cordillera is piloting phytoremediation to revive the Balili river here by using plants instead of relying too much on hardware and chemicals. Randy S. Tubal, specialist of Ecosystems Research and Development Services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said the technology is being pushed by the United Nations Environment Programme for the removal, degradation, or containment of contaminants in soils, sludges, sediments, surface water and groundwater.

Diazotrophs-assisted phytoremediation of heavy metals: a novel approach (abstract only).

Chitosan and chitooligosaccharide utilization in phytoremediation and biofortification programs: current knowledge and future perspectives, opinion article by Marta W. Vasconcelos

Bioremediation : A sustainable Management Tool

Bioremediation trial on aged PCB-polluted soils--a bench study in Iceland.
Lehtinen, Mikkonen, Sigfusson, Ólafsdóttir, Ragnarsdóttir, Guicharnaud (abstract only)

Hydrogeologic characterization and assessment of bioremediation of chlorinated benzenes and benzene in wetland areas, Standard Chlorine of Delaware, Inc. Superfund Site, New Castle County, Delaware, 2009-12 (abstract only)

Bioremediation of holy ponds in India
TIRUCHY: Chandra Pushkarini, the holy tank of Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam, will be purified in a bioremediation process by the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NIT-T), as part of the renovation work being carried out in the temple.

Understanding Microbial Communities; Function, Structure and Dynamics (abstract only)

Study Bioremediation
Department of Chemical Engineering in association with Department of Biotechnology of National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, is offering a short-term course on Bioremediation of industrial Wastes for a Greener World is being organised by. In this short-term course, the various techniques of bioremediation of industrial wastes using various microorganisms will be discussed.
Eligibility: Faculty members of academic institutes/universities/colleges, experts from government organisations, industry personnel, research scholars and students.
Fee: Faculty members and scientists: Rs 2,000/Research scholars: Rs 1,000/Students: Rs 500/Industry personnel: Rs 5,000.
Duration: December 8-12, 2014.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Guidelines for the Bioremediation of Oil-Contaminated Salt Marshes
Literature Review on the Use of Commercial Bioremediation Agents for Cleanup of Oil-Contaminated Estuarine Environments

The New York Times: Chevron Criticizes Ruling by Indonesia's Supreme Court on Corruption
The case centers on a so-called bioremediation program that began in 2006 at Chevron's drilling facilities on the island of Sumatra.

Job offer
Postdoc in "Conductive 3D cell scaffolds for environmental toxicology and bioremediation"
Applications are invited for the fully funded 3 year postdoctoral scholarship 'Conductive 3D cell scaffolds for environmental toxicology and bioremediation'. The postdoctoral scholarship is part of the VKR Young investigator grant 'Intelligent 3D cell scaffolds for environmental applications' funded by the Villum Foundation. The aim of the overall project is to develop a new generation of 3D carbon scaffolds.

Microalgal bioremediation : practices and perspectives

Summary of mercury bioremediation project
One of the principal pollutant in Amazon region is mercury, known worldwide for its toxicity. Conventional methods have been used to remove Hg from contaminated environments. In general, laborious treatment systems, with high cost. In order to solve the environmental problem regarding to mercury, and make its bioremediation, we built a bioremediator using Escherichia coli DH5α through the protein mercury reductase (MerA).

Wastewater Bioremediation from Filamentous Algae (abstract only)

Science experiment
Bioremediation of Oil Spill
In this demonstration, students learn about the affect of oil on aquatic environments.
Bacteria can be used to clean up oil spills in the ocean through bioremediation. Bioremediation is any process that uses decomposers and green plants, or their enzymes, to return a contaminated environment to its original condition. Specific bacteria can be used to bioremediate specific contaminants, such as hydrocarbons, which are present in oil and gasoline.

DAVID KEISLER: Keep your microbes happy
You may be conscientious and try to eat a healthy diet in order to encourage and help maintain overall health. Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, gout and coronary artery disease are each related to the modern western fast food diet.

Bioremediation trial on aged PCB-polluted soils--a bench study in Iceland.

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