BioMed Research International

Bioremediation: An Overview on Current Practices, Advances, and New Perspectives in Environmental Pollution Treatment


1Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania

2University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

3École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes, Rennes, France

4Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, Napoli, Italy

Bioremediation: An Overview on Current Practices, Advances, and New Perspectives in Environmental Pollution Treatment


Environmental pollution created the need to search for new environmentally friendly, low-cost, and more efficient environmental clean-up techniques for its removal or reduction.

Bioremediation, a branch of environmental biotechnology, is nowadays considered as one of the most promising alternatives. This technology uses the amazing ability of microorganisms or plants to accumulate, detoxify, degrade, or remove environmental contaminants. Bioremediation provides complete transformation and/or even removal of organic and inorganic pollutants, even when they are present at low concentration. It is considered as a permanent solution rather than a remediation method, as it does not transfer hazardous wastes from a phase to another.

Continuous efforts are still done to understand the mechanisms by which microorganisms and plants remove or transform environmental pollutants. Thus, this special issue aims at bringing together researchers with different visions on bioremediation, while addressing recent advances and new ideas in the perspective of efficient process scale-up.

We respectfully invite researchers to contribute with high quality original research and review papers considering current practices, advances, and new perspectives in environmental pollution through bioremediation.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • In situ and ex situ bioremediation technologies
  • Bioremediation of organic and metal contaminated environments
  • Biosorption and bioaccumulation of environmental pollutants
  • Microbial biodegradation and bioremediation
  • Use of genetically engineered microorganisms
  • Applications of biofilms in bioremediation and biotransformation of environmental pollutants
  • Bioremediation and biomass reutilization
  • Phytoremediation: role of plants in environmental remediation
  • Interactions between microorganisms and plants
  • Ecotoxicology and phytotoxicology
  • Algal biotechnology
  • Mathematical modelling in bioremediation process


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6327610
  • - Editorial

Bioremediation: An Overview on Current Practices, Advances, and New Perspectives in Environmental Pollution Treatment

Raluca Maria Hlihor | Maria Gavrilescu | ... | Giuseppe Olivieri
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7256582
  • - Review Article

Recent Developments for Remediating Acidic Mine Waters Using Sulfidogenic Bacteria

Ivan Nancucheo | José A. P. Bitencourt | ... | Guilherme Oliveira
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6571671
  • - Research Article

Effect of Free Ammonia, Free Nitrous Acid, and Alkalinity on the Partial Nitrification of Pretreated Pig Slurry, Using an Alternating Oxic/Anoxic SBR

Marisol Belmonte | Chia-Fang Hsieh | ... | Gladys Vidal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 9191086
  • - Research Article

Identification of Multiple Dehalogenase Genes Involved in Tetrachloroethene-to-Ethene Dechlorination in a Dehalococcoides-Dominated Enrichment Culture

Mohamed Ismaeil | Naoko Yoshida | Arata Katayama
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6509648
  • - Research Article

Bioremediation of Mercury by Vibrio fluvialis Screened from Industrial Effluents

Kailasam Saranya | Arumugam Sundaramanickam | ... | Thangavel Balasubramanian
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2457805
  • - Research Article

Effect of Hydraulic Retention Time on Anaerobic Digestion of Wheat Straw in the Semicontinuous Continuous Stirred-Tank Reactors

Xiao-Shuang Shi | Jian-Jun Dong | ... | Xian-Zheng Yuan
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