Assessment of Anaerobic Biodegradation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons: The Impact of Molecular Biology Approaches

P. V. Flanagan, B. P. Kelleher, C. C. R. Allen

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Abstract

One of the most cost effective methods of pollution remediation is through natural attenuation where the resident microorganisms are responsible for the breakdown of pollutants (Dou et al. 2008). Other forms of bioremediation - such as analogue enrichment, composting and bio-venting - also use the microbes already present in a contaminated site to enhance the remediation process. In order for these approaches to be successful, in an industrial setting, some form of monitoring needs to take place enabling conclusions to be drawn about the degradation processes occurring. In this review we look at some key molecular biology techniques that have the potential to act as a monitoring tool for industries dealing with contaminated land. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-284
Number of pages9
JournalGeomicrobiology Journal
Volume31
Issue number4
Early online date22 Jul 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • biodegradation
  • bioremediation
  • molecular ecology
  • sediments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Microbiology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry

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