Bioremediation - Definition, glossary, details

Bioremediation is the process of using micro-organisms or enzymes to remove contaminants/pollutants from the environment. Bioremediation attacks certain contaminants that are degraded by bacteria. Having said this, not all contaminants are readily treated using bioremediation. For example, heavy metals like cadmium, lead are not easily captured or absorbed by organisms. There are two types of bioremediation – in situ and ex situ. In situ bioremediation involves treating the contaminated material at the site while ex-situ involves the removal of contaminated material to be treated elsewhere. Some of the advantages of this process are ·         Bioremediation is a natural process and hence doesn’t produce toxic products. ·         It is usually less expensive than other technologies ·         This process destroys the target chemicals ·         It can be employed in areas that cannot be reached normally Bioremediation is often used to clean up oil spills in the ocean.

Other Terms

Biochar Biological Sequestration Biomass Cofiring
Briquetting Baling Basel Convention
Baseline Emissions Biomass Black Carbon
Biodiversity Biofuel Base Year
Bundled offsets

Power Plant CCS - Glossary

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