Bioremediation Journal

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

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 0.5
2013 Impact Factor 0.714
2012 Impact Factor 0.395
2011 Impact Factor 0.784

Impact factor over time

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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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Taylor & Francis

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
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  • Classification
    green

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The study area of the experiment was selected on the basis of a preliminary field survey and laboratory detection of accumulation, accompanied by biomagnification, of arsenic in the water-soil-plant continuum. A laboratory incubation study was conducted with soil samples from the selected areas of West Bengal with arsenic-contaminated groundwater, and from a low arsenic zone. These soils were treated with different concentrations of zinc and arsenic and incubated for 10 and 25 days. The findings from the incubation study indicate the decrement of arsenic release in the soil solution of the given soils on application of zinc, which tends to bind arsenic electrostatically in the soil matrix, thereby helping to mitigate the toxicity of arsenic to some extent in the soil-plant system. The arsenic-zinc interactions were further revalidated in the arsenic-affected fields where a similar type of moderating effect (as in the incubation study) was observed in rice-rice cropping sequence. Arsenic-zinc interactions were critically analyzed through a number of accumulation, translocation, and mobility parameters, considering soil to plant uptake in different plant parts.
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    ABSTRACT: Three Stenotrophomonas maltophilia isolates, KKWT11, CBF10-1, TTF10, were collected from organophosphate (OP)-contaminated soil in the Houston metropolitan area. A conserved metallo-β-lactamase (MBL) enzyme purported to function as a methyl parathion hydrolase was identified and found to be distantly homologous to the characterized Pseudomonas sp. WBC-3 methyl parathion hydrolase and shared no significant homology with other organophosphate hydrolases. Following expression of MBL enzymes cloned from S. maltophilia strains KKWT11, CBF10-1, and TTF10, respectively, an enzymatic preference for paraoxon was observed, with concentrations of 70, 40, and 30 µM of p-nitrophenol (PNP) formed after 48 h. Comparatively limited hydrolysis against the phosphorothioate methyl parathion was recorded with concentrations of PNP ranging from 9.5 to 3.5 µM after 48 h. A coexpressive construct harboring a modified organophosphorus hydrolase enzyme and the CBF10-1 MBL enzyme yielded only a slight improvement in degradation of methyl parathion, resulting in 75 µM of PNP formed compared with 69 µM formed by the organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH) control over 48 h. These results suggest that S. maltophilia MBL enzymes are currently insufficient for broad-spectrum hydrolysis of phosphorothioate insecticides. Future studies will thus seek to elucidate their catalytic efficiency against other notable phosphotriester oxons, including chlorpyrifos oxon, and malaoxon.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this research was to identify the sequence of degradation processes that leads to the selective enrichment of microorganisms involved in the degradation of carbon tetrachloride and chloroform under conditions of natural attenuation and lactic acid biostimulation. To this end, a comparative study using microcosm experiments was conducted to analyze these two scenarios. The authors used groundwater and sediment collected from a field site located at a petrochemical complex to create the microcosms. Chemical, compound-specific isotope and microbial analyses were performed. A significant finding of this work was the abiotic degradation of carbon tetrachloride. Another result was the identification of biotic reductive dechlorination of chloroform by a bacterium of the Clostridiales order. This study showed that biostimulation with lactic acid produced faster degradation rates of carbon tetrachloride and chloroform. Lactic acid acted as an electron donor and promoted a decrease in the concentration of other electron acceptors such as nitrate and sulfate, which competed with chloromethanes. Thus, biostimulation could be an efficient remediation strategy for sites contaminated with chloromethanes, especially when a site's complex pollution history results in chemical background concentrations that are high in compounds that could potentially reduce natural attenuation.
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, a laboratory-scale biofilter column was designed and fabricated. It was packed with a mixture of coal and compost as a packing medium. The column was enriched with an indigenous bacterial strain Pseudomonas taiwanensis isolated from aerobic mixed culture of Sewage Treatment Plant, BITS-Pilani, Pilani campus. The removal of hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] from aqueous solution was investigated in the biofilter column. The entire biofiltration operation was divided into five phases (I to V) for a period of 63 days. Biofilter column was subjected to shock loading conditions for 20 days immediately after 63 days of operation. The maximum removal efficiency of 89.4% was obtained during phase V for Cr(VI) inlet concentration of 40 mg L−1. During shock loading, maximum removal efficiency was obtained as 90% for 48.5–50 mg L−1 of initial Cr(VI) concentration. Kinetic parameters of biofiltration process for Cr(VI) removal were also determined by fitting Michaelis-Menten kinetic model with experimental data. The Michaelis-Menten kinetic constants were obtained as 0.258 mg L−1 min−1 and 26.83 mg L−1. It was found that Ottengraf-Van den Oever model with zero-order diffusion limitation fit the experimental data quite well for phases III, IV, and V with coefficient of determination (R2) values .97, .99, and .984, respectively. A possible method for safe disposal of packing medium was also presented in this study.
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    ABSTRACT: This field study investigated the colonization process of soil contaminated with different petroleum products (petrol, diesel fuel, spent engine oil; dose: 6000 mg of fuel·kg−1 dry mass [d.m.] of soil) by epigeic and edaphic invertebrates during the progress of natural bioremediation and bioremediation enhanced using selected microorganisms (ZB-01 biopreparation). Epigeic fauna was captured using pitfall traps. Occurrence of edaphic fauna in soil samples as well as total petroleum hydrocarbon contents (TPH) were also investigated. Results showed that inoculation with ZB-01 biocenosis allowed the degradation of petroleum derivatives in the soil contaminated with diesel fuel and engine oil, with 82.3% and 75.4% efficiency, respectively. Applying bioremediation to all contaminated soils accelerated the process of recolonization by edaphic invertebrates. However, the 28-month period was too short to observe full population recovery in soils contaminated with diesel fuel and engine oil. Microbe-enhanced bioremediation accelerated recolonization by epigeic invertebrates on soil contaminated with diesel fuel, whereas it exerted inhibitory effect on recolonization of soil contaminated with engine oil (especially by Collembola). The observed discrepancies in the rates of recolonization for soils contaminated with petrol and diesel fuel that were still noted at the stage of no longer different TPH levels justify the idea to include the survey of edaphic faunal density as one of the parameters in the ecological risk assessment of various bioremediation techniques.
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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.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Bioremediation Journal
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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.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Bioremediation Journal
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Bioremediation Journal