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Radiation Remediation 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

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

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

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)

"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 Fluorescence image of Arabidopsis cotyledons (after spraying a methanol solution of Cesium Green). Bright fluorescence was observed in parts considered to be vacuoles in the cells. UV & Cosmic Radiation On Mars - Why They Aren't Lethal For The "Swimming Pools For Bacteria"

Microbe Radiation Eaters Overview" Not so long ago, everyone believed that the primary source of energy for all life was sunlight.

Microbes on Mars?

Bacteria, Iron Cooperate to Clean Uranium from Water Since 2009, SLAC scientist John Bargar has led a team using synchrotron-based X-ray techniques to study bacteria that help clean uranium from groundwater in a process called bioremediation. . . . The bacteria make their own, even tinier allies - nanoparticles of a common mineral called iron sulfide. Then, working together, the bacteria and the iron sulfide grab molecules of a highly soluble form of uranium known as U(VI), or hexavalent uranium, and transform them into U(IV), a less-soluble form that's much less likely to spread through the water table.

Bioremediation of uranium-contaminated groundwater: a systems approach to subsurface biogeochemistry.

Williams KH, Bargar JR, Lloyd JR, Lovley DR.

Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
Adding organic electron donors to stimulate microbial reduction of highly soluble U(VI) to less soluble U(IV) is a promising strategy for immobilizing uranium in contaminated subsurface environments. Studies suggest that diagnosing the in situ physiological status of the subsurface community during uranium bioremediation with environmental transcriptomic and proteomic techniques can identify factors potentially limiting U(VI) reduction activity. Models which couple genome-scale in silico representations of the metabolism of key microbial populations with geochemical and hydrological models may be able to predict the outcome of bioremediation strategies and aid in the development of new approaches. Concerns remain about the long-term stability of sequestered U(IV) minerals and the release of co-contaminants associated with Fe(III) oxides, which might be overcome through targeted delivery of electrons to select microorganisms using in situ electrodes.

mycelium concentrate radioactive waste "It has been found that various species of mushrooms can thrive and breakdown radioactive waste such as that found in Japan currently. Gomphidius glutinosus can break down radioactive cesium. In terms of volume of soil remediated the mushroom mycelium concentrate the radioactive substance and it is placed in the fruiting body of the basidiocarp. The radioactive waste is still in it's energetic form, just concentrated somewhere else. If there is a need to gather the radioactive waste it is just a matter of gathering the fruiting bodies of the mushrooms. In this manner Oyseter mushrooms can clean up oil spills in the soil quite easily." - Stamets, Paul. Mycelium Running. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2005.

In 1998, Phytotech, along with Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP) and the Ukraine's Institute of Bast Crops, planted industrial hemp, Cannabis sp., for the purpose of removing contaminants near the Chernobyl site.

Distillery sludge used to treat radioactive sites

spider webs nuclear waste site shows signs of life—researchers believe radiation-resistant spiders and microbes help clean up nuclear waste

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) "Critical genetic secrets of a bacterium that holds potential for removing toxic and radioactive waste from the environment have been revealed in a study by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)."

microbes clean up uranium from groundwater G. sulfurreducens, a species of Geobacter bacteria, has an extraordinary ability to remove uranium from contaminated groundwater. Researchers have been trying to find out how the process works. They suspected that hair-like filaments called pili produced by G. sulfurreducens in certain environments might be the answer.

Scientific American Mechanism by which microbes scrub radioactive contamination revealed

phytoremediation for radiation

Researchers prove that exposure to radiation changes the microbe signature It follows that restoring a healthy microbe signature in the body could cure radiation sickness.

Discover Magazine Bacteria use electric wires to shock uranium out of groundwater

Cellular Systems for Diverse National Needs (Shewanella) Shewanella oneidensis cells can reduce uranium and metals in contaminated environments. Guided by the biological information encoded within genome sequences, we can begin to identify, understand, re-engineer, and harness specific cellular systems for energy production, environmental remediation, and other national needs.

BBC Science News Geobacter bacteria 'nano-wires' clean up uranium contamination.

The Hindu Michigan State University have unravelled the mystery of how microbes generate electricity while cleaning up nuclear waste and other toxic metals. Details of the process, which can be improved and patented, are published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Gaetan Borgonie, a nematode specialist from Belgium, discovered radiation eating microbes in the rock walls of a South African mine.

The Scientist The bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens lives by reducing metals, such as radioactive uranium, rendering them much less soluble and thus less of a threat to the environment. New research published yesterday (September 5) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points to how they do it.

microbes that generate electricity while cleaning nuclear waste A team of researchers at Michigan State University has come up with the answer to how the mcrobes generate electricity while cleaning up nuclear waste. The team is led by Gemma Reguera, an MSU microbiologist.

Possible breakthrough in Japan [click the link to watch video] Scientists in Japan think they may have found a way to remove caesium radiation from contaminated ground around the Fukushima nuclear plant damaged in the earthquake in March. It involves using microbes to attracts particles from the metal caesium in soil and water. So far results have been very encouraging and the scientists are keen to test the procedure on the ground as soon as possible.

Hemp planted to remediate Chernobyl This article reveals the role of hemp in removing radiation from Chernobyl.

Cladosporium sphaerospermum - fungi that thrives on radiation. "Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, believe that the black fungus converts ionising radiation into usable energy, just as green plants convert sunlight. It appears that C. sphaerospermum copes with the DNA-damaging effects of radiation by having multiple copies of the same chromosome in every cell. This fungus is happy living even in the heart of the Chernobyl reactor, where it was discovered in 1999."

sunflowers remediate radioactive waste as noted above, the sunflowers will absorb the radioactive waste, then will have to be disposed of as contaminated trash. But what better way to get the radioactive waste out of the environment?

phytoremediation for radiation

Uranium bioremediation in continuously fed upflow sand columns inoculated with anaerobic granules: read abstract and supporting information.

UC Berkeley scientists point out that people's lawns are phyto-remediating the nuclear fallout from Japan.

microbes that eat radiation discovered in gold mine in South Africa.

The Solution That Might Save Japan and the World From Radiation These microbes are called extremophiles and they have been known about since 1956. They can withstand radiation 15 times what would kill humans and they actually seek out and eat uranium and plutonium transforming them into far less dangerous substances.

Algae may help clean up nuclear waste Scientists at Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory have studied the way that bright green algae Closterium moniliferum found in fresh water ponds, soak up strontium and sequesters it. By using synchrotron X-ray microscopy available at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, the researchers were able to map out how green algae absorbs the strontium as well as study how other minerals like barium and calcium affect the process.

Scientists identify algae for nuclear cleanup

Addressing the nuclear waste issue Pond alga could help scientists design effective method for cleaning up nuclear waste.

National Science Foundation: scientists discover bacteria that eat the by-products of radioactivity.

Bioremediation of Radioactive Waste One technology that holds promise for eventually reducing the toxicity and amount of radioactive waste is bioremediation, using live bacteria. This technology makes use of the ability of live cells or enzymes to clean and reduce the volume of waste.

Editor's Note: we have added this category to respond to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. Our lesson from this is that strains of microbes "eat" nuclear waste, the same way nature eventually dispenses with nuclear waste. Therefore, we now have a Google Alert for the keywords "nuclear bioremediation," and will bring you developments in this field.

We urge officials in Japan to use natural means to enhance the bioremediation process. The future of friendly bacteria is bright. Find them, breed them, love them - and they will love you back. Start with green microorganisms, such as chlorella, spirulina, cilantro, and medicinal mushrooms.

Everyone else: pray that our prayers will help the natural process of nature take place, including a change of thinking in the human race. If we change our story about nature, we will treat it differently. Instead of regarding our planet as a thing to exploit for money, we could see it as a sacred debt. Humankind has taken a toll on the earth, especially in the last hundred years, and it is up to us to reverse that trend and remediate the damage.

Antarctic microbe discoveries Nature News, April 4, 2011, reports:
"Another strange discovery is a previously unknown Deinococcus—a group of bacteria known as the world's toughest—capable of tolerating γ-ray exposures 5,000 times greater than those survived by any other known organism, despite living 15 metres beneath the permafrost. These levels of radiation have never existed on Earth, so the source of the bacterium's resistance is a mystery. Theories put forth so far include that the microbe had an extraterrestrial origin. Blamey says that at this point, no theory has been discarded."

Japan planting radiation absorbing plants, see also: Camel Lunch Blog

Scientists claim algae will get rid of radioactivity in Fukushima According to Dr. Lee Newman, professor of biotechnology and phytoremediation at the State University of New York in Syracuse, algae could help to clean the area near Fukushima Daiichi. Bioremediation of uranium-contaminated groundwater: a systems approach to subsurface biogeochemistry Kenneth H Williams, John R Bargar, Jonathan R Lloyd, Derek R Lovley

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