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.
- molecular ecology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Environmental Science(all)
- Environmental Chemistry