Bioremediation Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

Bioremediation Journal is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes original laboratory and field research in bioremediation, the use of biological and supporting physical treatments to treat contaminated soil and groundwater. The journal provides rapid dissemination of new information on emerging and maturing bioremediation technologies and integrates scientific research and engineering practices.

Current impact factor: 0.50

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 0.5
2013 Impact Factor 0.714
2012 Impact Factor 0.395
2011 Impact Factor 0.784

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 0.71
Cited half-life 10.00
Immediacy index 0.13
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.15
Website Bioremediation Journal website
Other titles Bioremediation journal
ISSN 1088-9868
OCLC 34795756
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are known to be toxic to living organisms and have been identified as carcinogenic. In this study, a pathway of surfactant flushing, chemical oxidation, and biological treatment is proposed to remediate the soils polluted with the hydrophobic PAHs. Different surfactants such as Tween 80, Brij 35, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and polyethylene glycol (PEG) 6000 were tested in order to increase the PAH solubilization from the soil matrix. The maximum desorption efficiency of naphthalene and anthracene were found to be 56.5% and 59%, respectively, when Brij and SDS were used. The soluble PAH in the aqueous phase was amended with sodium thiosulfate (3%) to oxidize the PAH into a more bioavailable form. The chemical oxidation with subsequent biodegradation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa exhibited the relatively high PAH degradation rate (1.24 times higher) when compared with chemical oxidation alone. These results display the efficiency of chemical pretreatment of PAH-contaminated soil for improved bioremediation.
    Bioremediation Journal 10/2015; 19(4). DOI:10.1080/10889868.2015.1066303
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    ABSTRACT: This study reports the immobilization and performance of a hydrocarbon-degrading Rhodococcus sp. strain (designated as QBTo) on sunflower seed husks (SH) for the bioremediation of soils polluted with crude oil. The SH performance as inoculants carrier was compared with peat, which is a vegetal material traditionally used in carrier-based inoculants production. The stability of the immobilized culture under storage conditions was assessed by viability at different times when stored at 25°C and 10°C. The catabolic activity of immobilized and free QTBo cells introduced into sandy loam soil, freshly contaminated with crude oil, was studied in microcosms. A higher number of viable QTBo cells were recovered from the inoculants formulated with SH (QTBo-SH) after prolonged storage at 10°C and 25°C. The microcosms amended with QTBo-SH inoculants showed a removal of about 66% of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), whereas in those inoculated with QTBo-peat inoculants, the decrease was of about 47%. In the control microcosms (noninoculated) and liquid culture–amended soils, the TPH removal was about 28%. SH is a waste of edible oil industry, nontoxic, and biodegradable and has demonstrated to confer to the immobilized cultures greater potential to survive not only during storage but also in the soil environment, improving bioremediation process.
    Bioremediation Journal 10/2015; 19(4):277-286. DOI:10.1080/10889868.2014.995376
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    ABSTRACT: Bioreduction of Cr(VI) to less toxic Cr(III) by chromate-reducing bacteria has offered an ecological and economical option for chromate detoxification. The present study reports isolation of chromate-resistant bacterial strain Cr8 from chromium slag, identified as Pseudomonas stutzeri, based on 16S rRNA gene sequencing and their potential use in Cr(VI) reduction. The reduced product associated with bacterial cell was characterized by scanning electron microscopy–energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. At initial concentrations of 100 and 200 mg L−1 Cr(VI), P. stutzeri Cr8 reduced Cr(VI) completely within 24 h, whereas it reduced almost 1000 mg L−1 Cr(VI) at the end of 120 h. Further, soil column leaching experiments were performed and found that bacterial cells reduced Cr(VI) leachate at faster rate that almost disappeared at the end of 168 h. The leachate precipitates also revealed efficient chromate bioreduction. The remediation process utilizing P. stutzeri could be considered as a viable alternative to reduce Cr(VI) contamination, especially emanating from the overburden dumps of chromite ores and mine drainage.
    Bioremediation Journal 10/2015; 19(4):249-258. DOI:10.1080/10889868.2015.1029116
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    ABSTRACT: Removal of toxic and carcinogenic arsenic from underground water is very essential for the safety of water that may be used for drinking or irrigation. In this study, six different bacterial strains were recently isolated from a groundwater sample, routinely used for irrigation at Taif City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, containing arsenic, vanadium, and boron. The isolates were molecularly identified and the 16S rDNA sequencing data revealed their belonging to two different genera, Bacillus and Lysinibacillus. B. cereus strains EA4, EA5, and EA6 were able to resist arsenic up to 15 mg/L. B. cereus strain EA5 and a mixed culture of L. sphaericus EA1, B. fusiformis EA2, and Lysinibacillus sp. EA3 were found to be efficient in bioremediation of arsenic oxychloride up to 94.9% and 99.7%, respectively. Due to these near-standard records, these strains are strongly recommended for bioremediation of the highly toxic arsenic from the environment. B. cereus EA5 was also effective to remediate different concentrations of arsenic. High concentrations of arsenic showed dramatic decrease in the bioremediation activity of this strain. Reduction in cell size was distinct in scanning electron micrographs when cells were exposed to arsenic. Besides, protein electrophoresis showed that around 15 different stress proteins were produced when cells of B. cereus EA5 were exposed to arsenic oxychloride.
    Bioremediation Journal 10/2015; 19(4):269-276. DOI:10.1080/10889868.2014.995375

  • Bioremediation Journal 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/10889868.2014.939135
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    ABSTRACT: Industrialization is a boon for developing countries such as Tunisia. However, textile effluents that are being discharged are environmental pollutants, extremely toxic to plants and other living organisms, including humans. The current study was conducted to determine the phytotoxic effect of textile effluents, collected near an industrial zone in the center of Tunisia (Ksar Helal), on the germination and various growth indices of durum wheat (Triticumaestivum L.). Results showed that textile effluent treatments reduced significantly the percentage of seed germination and slowed its kinetic as compared with control. Roots and leaves were also significantly reduced. The phytotoxicity was highly reduced from textile effluents after aerobic biotreatment with bacteria. It can be concluded that the biological treatment process of textile wastewater might serve as a fertilizer production that is able to improve the growth of plants. These results are encouraging in the context of developing a low-budget technology for the effective management of these effluents.
    Bioremediation Journal 07/2015; 19(4):00-00. DOI:10.1080/10889868.2015.1066304
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    ABSTRACT: The mycelia pellets of Penicillium simplicissimum impregnated with powdered biochar (MPPSIPB) were synthesized and applied to remove chromium (VI) from aqueous solution. The effects of pH, MPPSIPB dosage, initial Cr(VI) concentration, and contact time were investigated via batch experiments. Results indicated that the percentage removal of Cr(VI) was significantly dependent on the pH of the solution. Ten grams mycelial pellets and 0.2 g powdered biochar could form the most stable pellets. The maximum value of biosorption of Cr(VI) was 28.0 mg/g. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis showed that the mycelia pellets of Penicillium simplicissimum had abundant filamentous network, which entrapped powdered biochar firmly. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis suggested that O‐H, N‐H, C‐H, CO, and C‐OH groups from MPPSIPB were involved in chromium binding and the subsequent reduction. Kinetic studies indicated that the pseudo-second-order equation fit best for Cr(VI) removal from aqueous solution. Freundlich isotherm was found to apply better for the adsorption equilibrium data with respect to the Langmuir isotherm. Furthermore, MPPSIPB can be separated from aqueous solution completely by filtration. Both experimental study and modeling results indicated that MPPSIPB exhibited remarkable affinity for chromate and had a potential application in Cr(VI) removal from water.
    Bioremediation Journal 07/2015; 19(4):00-00. DOI:10.1080/10889868.2015.1066302
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    ABSTRACT: A pot trial using Glomus mosseae along with EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) was conducted for the phytoextraction of cadmium (Cd) by celery (Apium graveolens Linn.) plants from soil artificially contaminated with Cd under glass house conditions. The experiment is a 2 × 2 × 4 factorial design with two levels of G. mosseae inoculations (G. mosseae inoculated and uninoculated), two EDTA concentrations (without and with 2.5 mmol kg−1 soil EDTA) and four Cd concentrations (0, 5, 10, and 20 mg kg−1 soil). The results indicate the formation of an effective symbiosis between G. mosseae and celery in the contaminated soil. However, an increase in Cd input level and EDTA addition showed strong phytotoxic effect on celery plants and G. mosseae, as a considerable decrease in the frequency of root colonization and spore density was noticed. However, the plants were able to withstand the stressed condition due to the benefits provided by G. mosseae through increased P accumulation, chlorophyll content, and plant growth, resulting in an increase in Cd accumulation, which was good enough for the phytoextraction purpose. Thus, celery plants inoculated with G. mosseae and later supplemented with EDTA could be an effective and potentially suitable practice for the remediation of Cd-contaminated sites.
    Bioremediation Journal 07/2015; 19(3). DOI:10.1080/10889868.2014.995371
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    ABSTRACT: The biodegradable chelating agent (S,S)-Ehylenediaminedisuccinic acid (EDDS), autochthonous acidophilic bacteria, and a combination of the two means were investigated for the removal of pseudo-total and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-available content of Cu from surface layers of three soil categories in the Bor copper mining area. Their efficiencies were compared at mine overburden, flotation tailings, and agricultural land sites in order to determine the potential role of these approaches in the soil remediation process. The most effective removal of Cu was achieved on flotation tailings, where combined treatment showed significant reduction of pseudo-total and EDTA-available concentrations of Cu (40.5 ± 27.3% and 99.6 ± 0.2%, respectively). Acidophilic bacteria treatment showed high efficiency on flotation tailings, removing 94.1 ± 1.2% of EDTA-available Cu. EDDS treatment showed discernible results in the removal of EDTA-available Cu from agricultural land soil (44.4 ± 13.9%). In the case of overburden soil material, selected agents did not have statistically significant results in the removal of pseudo-total or EDTA-available fraction of Cu. Chosen remediation approaches showed diverse efficiency for soil categories on investigated sites. Combined approach showed synergistic results in the case of EDTA-available Cu removal from flotation tailings soils, suggesting that this combination deserves further attention as a potentially promising environmentally friendly remediation option.
    Bioremediation Journal 07/2015; 19(3). DOI:10.1080/10889868.2014.995370
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    ABSTRACT: Understanding differences in source zone natural attenuation (SZNA) rates occurring among field sites impacted by the same contaminant and across field sites impacted by different contaminants is critical for developing management strategies. For example, unique site conditions can favor or inhibit biodegradation, whereas differences between contaminants can lead to variations in biodegradation potential. However, the implications of these effects for real-world release scenarios remain ambiguous. To better understand the implications of these effects, the authors investigated differences in SZNA rates at two crude oil and two denatured fuel-grade ethanol (DFE) spill sites using on-site measurements of surficial gas effluxes. At the crude oil sites, CH4 effluxes were below detection, whereas CH4 effluxes occurred at both DFE sites. Similarly, SZNA rates among sites impacted by the same contaminant were comparable, whereas order of magnitude differences existed between sites impacted by crude oil or DFE. At DFE sites, results also revealed source zone expansion in relation to the initial mass in place, suggesting that extended spatial monitoring may be required to characterize risk potential. Overall, key differences between crude oil and DFE release sites demonstrated the importance of site-specific interactions between hydrogeology and contaminant composition for mediating gas emissions and SZNA rates, and modulating gas transport regimes under field conditions.
    Bioremediation Journal 07/2015; 19(3). DOI:10.1080/10889868.2014.995373
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    ABSTRACT: Using phenol-degrading Rhodococcus erythropolis cells, the stimulative effect of a homogenous electromagnetic field (EMF) (magnetic induction 10–130 mT) on the growth and utilization of phenol (0.3–1.2 g/L) was investigated. Similarly, the EMF effect was tested on a R. erythropolis biofilm formation, which was found to increase the cell adhesion abilities significantly. Detected magnetic stimulation of cell adhesion disposition was supplemented with the results of cell surface hydrophobicity and chemical composition analysis.
    Bioremediation Journal 07/2015; 19(3). DOI:10.1080/10889868.2015.1029114
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    ABSTRACT: This study evaluated the efficacy of a microbial biofilm in removing Ni ions in aqueous media. The biofilm was developed incorporating a garden soil fungus with a bacterium isolated from Ni-rich serpentinite soil. The biofilm was characterized using microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) investigations, and Boehm and potentiometric titrations. Ni removal was determined using batch experiments as a function of pH, Ni concentration, and time. The adsorption isotherm assay was conducted with varying Ni concentrations from 25 to 500 mg/L for 4 days. Isotherm and kinetic modeling were applied to the experimental data to understand the mechanisms of Ni removal. The zero point charge at pH 4.5 indicated the pH values greater than 4.5 is favorable for Ni adsorption. Acidic nature of the biofilm was reflected from Boehm titration data showing higher number of acidic groups than basic groups. With the increase in initial Ni concentration, the uptake increased from 3.43 to 38.16 mg/g. Hill, the best-fitted isotherm model, indicated a maximum adsorption capacity of 165.37 mg/g. After 4 days, the adsorption rate reached an equilibrium with a maximum sorption of ∼30 mg/g for an initial concentration of 100 mg/L. Kinetic model fitting with Power function further demonstrated the chemisorptive interaction of Ni with the biofilm surface. A clear involvement of functional groups of the biofilm in Ni bonding was observed from the attenuated total reflection (ATR)-FTIR spectrum. The microbial biofilm showed an efficient but slow removal of Ni from aqueous media.
    Bioremediation Journal 07/2015; 19(3). DOI:10.1080/10889868.2014.995374
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to test whether bioaugmentation with known pentachlorophenol (PCP)-degrading bacteria (Sphingobium chlorophenolicum and Burkholderia cepacia) could enhance remediation of PCP-contaminated groundwater. Groundwater PCP concentrations were determined by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) method 3510C and gas chromatography. Gene expression for PCP-degrading enzymes: pentachlorophenol 4-monooxygenase (pcpB; S. chlorophenolicum) and chlorophenol 4-monooxygenase (TftD; B. cepacia) was determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using gene-specific primers. Bioaugmented treatments with S. chlorophenolicum and B. cepacia showed 32% and 49% decrease (p p > .05) in average PCP concentration, respectively, over 72 days. Decreased PCP levels correlated strongly (r = −.82, p r = −.22, p > .05) in un-bioaugmented treatment. In addition, a decrease in PCP levels also correlated significantly with an increase in gene expression of PCP-degrading enzymes, pcpB (r = −.77044) and TftD (r = −.87905) (p pcpB or TftD expressions were higher in bioaugmented treatments with S. chlorophenolicum (50%, 7-fold) or B. cepacia (67%, 10.7-fold), respectively, than indigenous treatment. Therefore, bioaugmentation with known PCP-degrading bacteria enhanced remediation of PCP-contaminated groundwater than indigenous bacteria alone. Results of this study may provide a more efficient and environmentally friendly technique for on-site remediation of PCP-contaminated groundwater.
    Bioremediation Journal 04/2015; 19(2). DOI:10.1080/10889868.2014.995369
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies suggested that plants detoxified mercury and cadmium through similar mechanisms. A heavy metal ATPase (adenosine triphosphatase) gene, HMA3, plays a key role in the plant's cadmium detoxification. To prove whether HMA3 also participates in mercury detoxification in plants, an experiment was designed to inhibit the expressions of HMA3 genes (NtHMA3a and NtHMA3b) in tobacco plants. Results showed that plants’ tolerance to mercury ions had not changed after the expressions of NtHMA3a and NtHMA3b were inhibited. When mercury content was measured from the whole seedlings, no differences had been observed among wild-type, NtHMA3a-NtHMA3b-RNAi, and the empty-vector transgenic plants. HMA3 was not the key gene responsible for plants’ mercury ion uptake from soil. Although the mercury content in the root was higher than that in the shoot for each seedling, in each treatment, neither in shoots nor in roots were statistical differences in mercury content found among NtHMA3a-NtHMA3b-RNAi, empty-vector transgenic, and wild-type plants. After the expressions of NtHMA3a and NtHMA3b were inhibited, the movement of mercury ions from root to shoot had not been affected. HMA3 was not the key gene responsible for mercury ion transportation from root to shoot. When mercury content was measured from the whole seedling, no significant difference had been found among wild-type, NtHMA3a-NtHMA3b-RNAi, and the empty-vector transgenic plants. For mercury ion translocation across tonoplast, the main pathway might not be HMA3, but ABC (ATP-binding cassette) transporters.
    Bioremediation Journal 04/2015; 19(2). DOI:10.1080/10889868.2014.995372
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    ABSTRACT: Biochar derived from agricultural biomass waste is increasingly recognized as a multifunctional material for various applications according to its characteristics. In this study, rice straw–derived biochars were produced at different temperatures (550, 650, 750°C), then they were modified by using different oxidizing agents, including KOH, HNO3, H2SO4, H2O2, and KMnO4. The influence of carbonization temperature and the oxidizing agent's nature on the surface chemistry was investigated. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis detected lactone, carbonyl, quinone or conjugated quinone, carboxyl-carbonate structure, and alcohol groups in most of the oxidized samples. Modified biochars have low pH values compared with their parent biochars. This is due to the fact that most treatments of biochar increase the acidic functional groups on the surface. Modified biochars presented greater capacities for adsorption of organic species of different molecular sizes such as iodine, phenol, and methylene blue from solutions. Such behavior proves that the most important surface properties of these biochars affecting their solution adsorption behavior are their acidity/alkalinity and hydrophilicity.
    Bioremediation Journal 04/2015; 19(2). DOI:10.1080/10889868.2015.1029115