Special Issue "Bioremediation of Contaminated Soils"
A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).
Interests: bioremediation; phytoremediation; mycoremediation; applied microbiology; microbial ecology; soil microbial communities; microbial biodiversity in environmental samples; microbial and enzymatic degradation of pollutants, e.g., persistent organic pollutants (POPs), total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), polycyclic armoatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), emerging micropollutants, such as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and pharmaceuticals, and personal care products (PPCPs); wastewater treatment processes (WWTPs); bioactive compounds from plants and mushrooms; antimicrobial activity testing
Soil is a nonrenewable finite resource and its loss or degradation is not recoverable in an easy and timely manner. Chemical contamination of soils is an issue of great concern worldwide, as it causes adverse effects to human health and wildlife ecosystems, as well as a consistent loss of land productivity. Soil contaminants include natural (e.g., petroleum-derived products, metals) and man-made chemicals (pesticides, explosives, solvents, halogenated compounds, pharmaceuticals, etc.) reaching soil by either accidental or deliberate spills, or simply through wet and dry deposition. Among the possible strategies to clean up polluted soils, bioremediation takes advantage of the catabolic versatility of (micro)organisms to either degrade contaminants or to transform them into nontoxic products, thus preserving soil functionality.
Bioremediation has been studied and steadily applied in the past decades by academic researchers and practitioners. However, more efforts are needed to understand the complex network of interactions existing between biological entities, for example, (micro)organisms, contaminants present in a polluted soil, and the soil matrix itself. The present Special Issue aims to collect original articles focusing on the variables involved in bioremediation processes: (1) Quantitative and qualitative determination of contaminants, considering also their aging and bioavailability; (2) environmental parameters and soil biodiversity/functionality; (3) effect of bioremediation intervention (e.g., biostimulation, bioaugmentation) on resident microbial communities; (4) ecotoxicology assessment.
Dr. Stefano Covino
Dr. Salvador Lladó
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- Soil contamination
- Petroleum hydrocarbons
- Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
- Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)
- Microbial communities
- Cultivation-dependent approach
- Cultivation-independent approach
- Contaminant bioavailability
- Ecotoxicology assessment