Journal highlight - microbes could clean up radioactive waste - News & Features

25 March 2014
Journal highlight - microbes could clean up radioactive waste

Bioremediation of radioactive contamination in the environment would provide an ecologically responsible alternative to destructive physical remediation. Microorganisms can be 'bred' or engineered to clean up pollutants (see the 2013 EMI Lecture) and this includes some that are able to affect the solubility, bioavailability and mobility of radionuclides.

The authors discuss the microbial-mediated mechanisms for biotransformation of radionuclides under various environmental conditions. The also propose a potential cell-free approach, using -omics technologies to identify genes and proteins of interest.

The work is published in the SfAM journal, Microbial Biotechnology as follows: Prakash, D., Gabani, P., Chandel, A. K., Ronen, Z. and Singh, O. V. (2013), Bioremediation: a genuine technology to remediate radionuclides from the environment. Microbial Biotechnology, 6: 349–360. doi: 10.1111/1751-7915.12059. To read the full text, click here.