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Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh India
March 10-11, 2011

Bioremediation consists of using living or-ganisms (usually bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, cyanobacteria and to a lesser extent, plants) to re-duce or eliminate toxic pollutants. These organisms may be naturally occurring or laboratory cultivated. These organisms either eat up the contaminants or assimilate within them all harmful compounds from the surrounding area, thereby, rendering the region virtually contaminant-free.
Bioremediation is a fairly new technique within the past ten years that has yielded both remarkable and yet some setback results. As to advantages, bioremediation is a “natural process”, it destroys the target chemicals, its’ usually less expensive than other technologies, and can be used where the problem is located. Disadvantages of bioremediation include the fact that little is still known concerning specifics on its effects in areas having multiple contaminations, it often takes longer than other treatment methods, and that it requires constant monitoring to ensure effectiveness.
Bioremediation techniques are currently being used at hazardous waste sites. Specifically, they are applied to waste sites facilitating the cleanup of biodegradable contaminants. The ma-jority of environmental hazards in which Bioreme-diation has proved successful include those of oil spills, gasoline contaminations, chlorinated solvents and other toxic chemical leaks.
Bioremediation Technologies: Approaches, Applications

  • Tools for Assessing Bioremediation
  • Treatment of Emerging Contaminants
  • Degradation Pathways and Microbial Ecology
  •  Biology-Based Alternative Energy
  •  Sustainable Site Management Strategies
  • Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR)
  • Crude Oil in the Environment