alexa Biosorption Potential of the Microchlorophyte Chlorella
ISSN: 2471-2728

Journal of Fertilizers & Pesticides
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Research Article

Biosorption Potential of the Microchlorophyte Chlorella vulgaris for Some Pesticides

Mervat H Hussein1, Ali M Abdullah2*, Noha I Badr El Din1 and El Sayed I Mishaqa2

1Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

2Reference Laboratory for Drinking Water, Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, Cairo, Egypt

*Corresponding Author:
Ali M Abdullah
Botany Department, Faculty of Science
Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
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Received Date: February 08, 2017 Accepted Date: February 18, 2017 Published Date:March 01, 2017

Citation: Hussein MH, Abdullah AM, Din NIBE, Mishaqa ESI (2017) Biosorption Potential of the Microchlorophyte Chlorella vulgaris for Some Pesticides. J Fertil Pestic 8: 177. doi:10.4172/2471-2728.1000177

Copyright: © 2017 Hussein MH, et al. This is an open-access 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.



Nowadays, pollution of either surface or ground water with pesticides is considered as one of the greatest challenges facing Humanity and being a national consideration in Egypt. Agricultural activities are the point source of pesticides that polluting water bodies. The present study investigated the potentiality of Chlorella vulgaris for bioremoval of pesticides mixture of 0.1 mg/mL for each component (Atrazine, Molinate, Simazine, Isoproturon, Propanil, Carbofuran, Dimethoate, Pendimethalin, Metoalcholar, Pyriproxin) either as free cells or immobilized in alginate. Two main experiments were conducted including short- term study having 60 min contact time using fresh free and lyophilized cells and other long-term study having five days incubation period using free and immobilized cells. In the short-term study, the presence of living cells led to bioremoval percentage ranged from 86 to 89 and the lyophilized algal biomass achieved bioremoval ranged from 96% to 99%. In long-term study, the presence of growing algae resulted in pesticides bioremoval ranged from 87% to 96.5%. The main mechanism behind the removal of pesticides in water phase is proposed to be biosorption onto the algal cells. This conclusion is based on the short duration required for removal to occur. The obtained results encourage using microalgae in bioremediation of pesticides polluted water.


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