One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The use of either naturally occurring or deliberately introduced microorganisms to consume and break down environmental pollutants, in order to clean a polluted site.
- ‘The bioremediation method, which uses environmentally friendly biological systems, transforms these toxic chemicals into non-harmful chemicals, and in some cases into high-value fine chemicals.’
- ‘Widely celebrated environmentalist John Todd doesn't promise that his aquatic bioremediation system - a sewage treatment system which involves floating plant islands that purify polluted waters - could live up to its hype in Montreal.’
- ‘In our studies at Oxford, we set out to determine if we could improve clean-up of chemically mixed waste by developing a system based on a more thorough knowledge of the microorganisms involved in bioremediation.’
- ‘One of the best weapons against bioterrorism may be a healthy biotech industry, bioremediation may also prove to be a useful weapon against pollution.’
- ‘This tolerance has practical application in bioremediation and in efforts to colonize polluted sites.’
- ‘We believe that the technology has potential, particularly in therapeutics, bioremediation, and other aspects, but that we should proceed with extreme caution.’
- ‘‘Eventually, we'll want to understand how these genes are regulated under a variety of growth conditions and in different environments to see how they might be applied in bioremediation,’ says Dunn.’
- ‘Some are being used in bioremediation projects, such as cleaning up oil and industrial waste, and some are employed in the mining industry.’
- ‘This has advanced bioremediation of metal-contaminated soil environments, where some plants have been shown to internalize toxic elements such as cadmium, arsenic, and nickel.’
- ‘And many more species are turning out to be useful for major industries such as biological control, biological mining, bioremediation and environmental monitoring.’
- ‘Our initial focus was on biodiversity and food and farming issues, as well as bioremediation and natural treatment systems for decontaminating the environment.’
- ‘Two other bioremediation teams, one using bacteria, the other using engineered bacteria, were also given sections of the contaminated soil to test.’
- ‘Thus bioremediation could be utilised to effectively correct the existing imbalances and eliminate the need for chemical treatment.’
- ‘These advances can also lead to new tools for bioremediation and to cleaner industrial processes that use fewer toxic chemicals.’
- ‘These graphic warnings about the future of our resource base are thoughtfully balanced by helpful discussions of realistic solutions such as integrated pest management and bioremediation.’
- ‘Tiny microorganisms such as bacteria are often the agents of choice for bioremediation.’
- ‘It has carried out bioremediation on and reclaimed 300 acres of the Brighton oilfield facility, along with a number of battery sites, oilfield pits, gathering stations, pipeline headers, a small refinery site, and a tankfarm.’
- ‘Microorganisms can be used for biodegradation and bioremediation by breaking down toxic compounds.’
- ‘The land was then treated by a variety of methods, including solidification, bioremediation and indirect thermal desorption.’
- ‘In general, chemical catalysis offers faster reactions times than bioremediation schemes but also tends to be more expensive.’
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