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Engineering Microbial Consortia towards Bioremediation

by 1,2,†, 1,2,†, 1,2, 1,2, 1,2 and 1,2,*
Key Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085, China
College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Xianglong Li and Shanghua Wu contributed equally to this article.
Academic Editors: Alejandro Gonzalez-Martinez and Federico Aulenta
Water 2021, 13(20), 2928;
Received: 8 September 2021 / Revised: 16 October 2021 / Accepted: 17 October 2021 / Published: 19 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon Neutrality and Wastewater Treatment)
Bioremediation is a sustainable remediation technology as it utilizes microorganisms to convert hazardous compounds into their less toxic or non-toxic constituent elements. This technology has achieved some success in the past decades; however, factors involving microbial consortia, such as microbial assembly, functional interactions, and the role of member species, hinder its development. Microbial consortia may be engineered to reconfigure metabolic pathways and reprogram social interactions to get the desired function, thereby providing solutions to its inherent problems. The engineering of microbial consortia is commonly applied for the commercial production of biomolecules. However, in the field of bioremediation, the engineering of microbial consortia needs to be emphasized. In this review, we will discuss the molecular and ecological mechanisms of engineering microbial consortia with a particular focus on metabolic cross-feeding within species and the transfer of metabolites. We also discuss the advantages and limitations of top-down and bottom-up approaches of engineering microbial consortia and their applications in bioremediation. View Full-Text
Keywords: engineering microbial consortia; bioremediation; cross-feeding; top-down engineering; bottom-up engineering engineering microbial consortia; bioremediation; cross-feeding; top-down engineering; bottom-up engineering
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Li, X.; Wu, S.; Dong, Y.; Fan, H.; Bai, Z.; Zhuang, X. Engineering Microbial Consortia towards Bioremediation. Water 2021, 13, 2928.

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Li X, Wu S, Dong Y, Fan H, Bai Z, Zhuang X. Engineering Microbial Consortia towards Bioremediation. Water. 2021; 13(20):2928.

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Li, Xianglong, Shanghua Wu, Yuzhu Dong, Haonan Fan, Zhihui Bai, and Xuliang Zhuang. 2021. "Engineering Microbial Consortia towards Bioremediation" Water 13, no. 20: 2928.

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