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Laboratory Studies for Bioremediation of Contaminated Sediment and Water Utilizing Natural Microbes

Bioremediation of soil and water, using bacterial, fungal, and protozoal species has been a rapid area of growth. The identification of natural microbial strains able to utilize hazardous organic wastes as food sources and reduce them to harmless carbon dioxide, water, and various non-hazardous metabolic species is becoming increasingly more attractive in remediation studies. In this preliminary study we plan to do the following: 1) Evaluate algae (Euglena mutabilis, Chlorella vulgaris, and Chlamydomonas acidophilus) for bioremediation of contaminated water (oxygenate methyl t-butyl ether - MTBE) and contaminated soil (PAH, fluoranthene). 2) Establish population dynamics of cultures under variety of pH and nitrate levels. 3) Utilize light microscopy to identify motile organisms and viability of algal cells to exclude the dye, trypan blue. 4) Establish range of efficacy of bioremediation of these three algal species.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scale of Phenomena
Organism
Physical/Chemical
Population
Impact of Pollutants
Toxic Metals
Toxic Organics
State Province
Pennsylvania
Annex Numbers
Contaminated Sediment
Hazardous Polluting Substances - lists

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