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Bioremediation: A Management Tool

Uqab B*, Mudasir S, Qayoom A and Nazir R
Department of Environmental science, Centre of Research for Development, University of Kashmir, India
*Corresponding Author : Uqab B Department of Environmental science
Centre of Research for Development
University of Kashmir, India
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Received January 18, 2016; Accepted February 06, 2016; Published February 10, 2016
Citation: Uqab B, Mudasir S, Qayoom A, Nazir R (2016) Bioremediation: A Management Tool. J Bioremed Biodeg 7:331. doi: 10.4172/2155-6199.1000331
Copyright: © 2016 Uqab B, et al. This is an open-a ccess article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

Bioremediation means using biological agents to clean environment. Increase in the pollution has lead to increase in toxic substances in the environment and being referred to as most effective management tool bioremediation has tremendous future to be called as “Eco bio technology”. Hence we can infer that bioremediation is a attractive tool used at number of sites which were degraded and attained their original position with onset of this technology. Bioremediation technology uses the microbes to remediate contaminated environment and brings back it to original position. Bioremediation has also been a solution for various emerging problems.

Keywords
Bioremediation; Biotechnology; Microbes; Pollution; Remediation
Introduction
Bioremediation is concerned with the biological restoration and rehabilitation of contaminated sites and with the cleanup of contaminated areas in more recent times, accidentally or incidentally, as a result of the manufacture, storage, transport, and use of inorganic and organic chemicals [1,2]. Bioremediation offers the possibility of degrading, removing, altering, immobilizing, or otherwise detoxifying various chemicals from the environment through the action of bacteria [3-5], Plants and fungi [6]. The advances in bioremediation have been realized through the help of the various areas of microbiology, molecular biology biochemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical and environmental engineering, among others.
With the increase in population the food demand has also increased forced our farmers to go for intensive agriculture and use more and more pesticides. The use of these pesticides degrades the quality of soil. As the population increases the pressure on natural resources increases hence due to this expansion it’s impossible to maintain quality of environment in which humans live. As every sphere of the earth is being polluted so a proper management is needed. Biotechnology offers a suitable answer for managing these degraded environments. Many contaminations have been expertise by environmental biotechnology investigators’ that include chlorinated solvents, hydrocarbons, PAHS, heavy metals etc. Bioremediation is not a magic formula, but it is natural process that is alternative to incineration, catalytic destruction, the use of absorbents etc. and this technique is cost effective.
With intensive agriculture practices and with onset of industries has led to production of variety of pollutants which are being added into our environment. Excess input of hazardous wastes had led to shortage of clean soil and waters thus decreasing crop yield [7]. In Bioremediation biological agents mainly fungi, yeast or bacteria are used to clean contaminated environment [8]. This technology promotes growth of microbes that are native to degraded sites and perform desired activities [9]. Such growth of microbes can achieved in several ways e.g. by addition of nutrients, by terminal electron receptor or by controlling temperature and moisture conditions [10,11]. The microbes need the nutrients or energy source for their body metabolism this is provided by contaminants that are present in degraded environment [12].
Principles of Bioremediation
Bioremediation in its meaning means using life to remediate contaminants by the way of getting used as nutrients or energy sources by micro-organisms.
Microbial populations for bioremediation
Microorganisms used to perform the function of bioremediation are known as bioremediators. Isolation of micro-organisms can be from any environmental conditions, microbes can grow and adapt subzero temperatures as well as extreme temperatures, microbes can dwell aerobic as well as anaerobic conditions. The main requirement of microbes is energy source and carbon source [13]. The adaptability and biological systems shown by microbes make them perfect to be used for remediation of environmental hazards. Micro -Organisms present in nature either indigenous or extraneous are the prime needs for the process of Bioremediation [14]. The use of microorganisms for the process of bioremediation process depends upon on the chemical nature of the polluting agents and micro- organisms selection is to be very careful as they survive within a limited range of chemical contamination [14,15]. In the degraded environment numerous types of pollutions are present hence diverse types of microorganisms need to handle the situation (Tables 1 and 2). Watanabe et al. [16] in 1991 about 70 microbial agents were reported to degrade petroleum compounds [17]. And equal number has been added to the list in successive decades [18]. For degradation the basic requirement is that the bacteria and contaminates must be in contact. This association is not easily achieved as contaminates and microbes are not uniformly spread in the soil. But there are bacteria’s which show chemo tactic response, i.e. sensing the contamination and moves towards it (Tables 3 and 4). The activity and growth of microbes is readily affected by moisture pH, temperature, and. Although Microorganisms have been also isolated from extreme conditions, most of them have shown growth optimally over a narrow Range, so that it is important to achieve optimal conditions. If the soil is acidic it is possible to rinse the pH by adding lime. Temperature affects biochemical reactions rates, and the rates double for each 10°C rise in temperature. Above a certain temperature, however, the cells die. Plastic cover can be used to improve solar warming in late spring, summer, and autumn. Water availability is essential for all the living organisms, and irrigation is necessary to achieve the optimal moisture level. The amount of available oxygen will determine whether the system is aerobic or anaerobic. Aerobic conditions are best suited for degradation of hydrocarbons, while as anaerobic conditions are best suited for chlorinated compounds. Oxygen content in the soil can be increased through process of tillage or sparge air, but hydrogen peroxide and magnesium peroxide can also be used. Effective delivery of air water and nutrients are controlled by soil structures. Soil structures can be improved through materials like gypsum or organic matter. Low permeability of soil can hinder movement of nutrients, water and oxygen hence these soils are not appropriate for in situ cleanup.
Environmental constrains
Temperature: Microbial metabolism is substantially affected by temperature [19]. Most microorganisms grow well in the range of 10 to 38°C. Technically it is extremely difficult to control the temperature of in-situ processes, and the temperature of ex-situ processes can only be moderately influenced, sometimes with great expense. Although temperatures within the top 10 m of the subsurface may fluctuate seasonally, subsurface temperatures down to 100 m typically remain within 1°C to 2°C of the mean annual surface temperature suggesting that bioremediation within the subsurface would occur more quickly in temperate climates [20,21].
pH: The pH range in which most bioremediation processes works most efficiently is nearly 5.5 to 8. It is no coincidence that this is also the apt pH range for many heterotrophic bacteria, the major microorganisms in most bioremediation technologies. The suitable pH range for a particular situation, however, is site-specific. The pH is influenced by a complex relationship between organisms, contaminant chemistry, and physical and chemical properties of the local environment. Additionally, as biological processes proceed in the contaminated media, the pH may shift and therefore must be monitored regularly. The pH can be adjusted to the suitable range by the addition of acidic or basic substances (i.e., mineral acids or limestone, respectively). However changes in soil pH will influence dissolution or precipitation of soil metals and may increase the mobility of hazardous materials. Therefore, the soil buffering capacity should be evaluated prior to application of amendments. The effect of pH on permeability of soils and sediments is not fully understood but it seems that soil pH has also significant effect. Soils have a negative permanent charge and a pHdependent variable charge. Therefore, pH affects soil dispersion and its permeability. A typical volcanic ash soil has a large amount of pHdependent charge. Its saturated hydraulic conductivity decreases under low and high pH conditions. When the predominant anion is sulphate, hydraulic conductivity does not decrease even at low pH. However, the saturated hydraulic conductivity of soils with montmorillonite and kaolinite at pH 9 is smaller than that at pH 6 [22].
Moisture content - water activity: Moisture is a very important variable relative to bioremediation. Moisture content of soil alters the bioavailability of contaminants, the transfer of gases, the effective toxicity level of contaminants, the movement and growth stage of microorganisms, and species distribution. During bioremediation, if the water content is too high, it will be difficult for atmospheric oxygen to penetrate the soil, and this can be a factor of limiting growth efficiency and determine the types of organisms that can flourish. Various workers in the field have reported that the water content of the soil should be between 20 and 80%. In cases where no extra source of oxygen is being provided (for example, bioremediation of surface contamination), 20% moisture may be adequate; however, if a continuous recirculation system (pipe networks) is being used for deeper contamination, 80% water content would be more appropriate Soil moisture is frequently measured as a gravimetric percentage or reported as field capacity. Evaluating moisture by these methods provides little information on the “water availability” for microbial metabolism. Water availability is defined by biologists in terms of a parameter called water activity (aw). In simple terms, water activity is the ratio of the system’s vapor pressure to that of pure water (at the same temperature) [23].
Redox potential: The redox potential of the soil (oxidationreduction potential, Eh) is directly related to the concentration of O2 in the gas and liquid phases. The O2 concentration is a function of the rate of gas exchange with the atmosphere, and the rate of respiration by soil microorganisms and plant roots. Respiration may deplete O2, lowering the redox potential and creating anaerobic (i.e., reducing) conditions. These conditions will restrict aerobic reactions and may encourage anaerobic processes such as denitrification, sulfate reduction, and fermentation. Reduced forms of polyvalent metal cations are more soluble (and thus more mobile) than their oxidized forms. Well-aerated soils have an Eh of about 0.8 to 0.4 V; moderately reduced soils are about 0.4 to 0.1 V; reduced soils measure about 0.1 to - 0.1 V; and highly reduced soils are about 0.1 to -0.3 V. Redox potentials are difficult to be measured in the soil or groundwater and are not widely used in the field [21].
Mass transfer characteristics: Mass transport characteristics are used to calculate potential rates of movement of liquids or gases through soil and include: Soil texture, unsaturated hydraulic conductivity, dispersivity, moisture content vs. soil moisture tension, bulk density, porosity, hydraulic conductivity and infiltration rate [24,25]. Site hydro geologic characteristics Hydro geologic factors for consideration include aquifer type, hydraulic conductivity, hydro geologic gradient, permeability, recharge capability, depth to groundwater, moisture content/field capacity, thickness of the saturated zone, homogeneity, depth to contamination, extent of contamination, and plume stability. These are only some parameters that should be factored into the design of any bioremediation system [23-25].
Strategies of bioremediation: Bioremediation makes use of the natural role of microorganisms in transformation, mineralization or complexation by directing those capabilities towards organic and inorganic environmental pollutants. The primary technique that has been used in bioremediation to enhance natural detoxification of contaminated environments is stimulation of the activity of indigenous microorganisms by the adding nutrients, regulation of redox conditions, and controlling of pH conditions, etc. (Table 5).
Phytoremediation: Phytoremediation is use of plants and their linked microbes for environmental cleanup [26,27]. The technology uses of the naturally occurring phenomenon by which plants and their microbial rhizosphere flora detoxify organic and inorganic pollutants. Phytoremediation well planned cleanup technology for a variety of organic and inorganic pollutants. Organic pollutants in the environment are mostly artificial and xenobiotic to organisms. Many of them are toxic, some carcinogenic. Organic pollutants are released into the environment through spills (fuel, solvents), military activities (explosives, chemical weapons), agriculture (pesticides, herbicides), industry (chemical, petrochemical), wood treatment, etc., Organics may be degraded in the root zone depending on their properties of plants or taken up, followed by degradation, sequestration, or volatilization. Successfully phytoremediated organic pollutants include organic solvents such as TCE (the most common pollutant of groundwater) [28-33], herbicides such as atrazine [29]. Explosives such as TNT [30], petroleum hydrocarbons, and PAH s the fuel additive MTBE [31], and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Phytoremediation is an emerging technology that uses plants to remove contaminants from soil and water [32-60] (Table 6).
Conclusion
Bioremediation enhances the natural biodegradation and cleans the polluted environment. Understanding the microbial communities and their response towards natural environment and pollution, enhancing the knowledge of genetics of microbes to increase their capabilities to degrade the pollutants, conduct field trials of new bioremediation techniques is the need of hour. Bioremediation is paving a way to greener pastures. Regardless of which aspect of bioremediation that is used, this technology offers an efficient and cost effective way to treat contaminated ground water and soil. The advantages of this technology have out classed its disadvantages and the evident example of this is increased demand of this technique. Hence it proves that bioremediation is a management tool.
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