Bioremediation is the use of organisms like bacteria, archea or fungi to metabolize pollutants. Instead of simply collecting the pollutant, bioremediation relies on living organisms to consume and break down the compound, turning it into a natural, harmless product. This technique is often used to help clean up major oil spills. Watch the following video and article link to learn more:
Oil-Eating Bacteria Could Be a Solution to Spill Cleanups. National Geographic. Accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPgLJrk0sGQ on September 14, 2016.
Prokaryotes and Environmental Bioremediation. https://courses.lumenlearning.com/trident-boundless-microbiology
Address the following questions in essay format:
Research a microbe that can be used in bioremediation and provide the following information:
1) Provide the scientific name and identification of the bacteria that is used in bioremediation. How is it classified? Give a brief description of your bacteria. What is it’s normal environment?
2) Which biogeochemical cycle does the bacterium participate in (Carbon, nitrogen, or phosphorus cycling)? How is this important to its role in bioremediation?
3) How are bacteria as a whole being genetically modified to improve bioremediation?
3) What are some limitations to using bacteria for bioremediation?
SLP Assignment Expectations
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