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1 By Dr. Ahmed Z. Abdel Azeiz College of Biotechnology Misr University for Science and Technology Tel:

2 Contents: 1- Definitions. 2-Bioremediation related topics. 3- Stages of a biodegradation study. 4- Cells and enzymes immobilization. 5- Phytoremediation. 6- Bioremediation of metals contaminated environment. 7- Biosurfactants 8- Bioremediation techniques: a) Soil bioremediation. b) Water and gasses bioremediation.

3 Bioremediation is any process that uses organisms (microorganism, algae and plant) or their enzymes to return the polluted environment to its original condition. Biodegradation is the use of these organisms in the degradation of different pollutants. Xenobiotic compounds are chemical compounds found in an organism but it are not normally produced or expected to be present in it. Cometabolism: in this process the microorganism produces an enzyme to utilizes its nutrients, but by chance this enzyme can degrade a pollutant.

4 Bioremediation is a triple-corners process: Organisms Pollutants Environments Microorganisms Plants Enzymes Soil Water Air Organic Inorganic Solid Liquid Gas

5 Biosurfactants Bioremediation techniques Environments Organisms Phytoremediation Bioremediation of metals polluted environment Enzymes separation and identification Cells immobilization Pollutants Bioremediation Enzymes immobilization

6 1- Isolation of the microorganism 5- Determination of the biodegradation efficiency 4- Optimization of the biodegradation conditions 3- Identification of the microbial isolate 2- Purification of the obtained isolates 6- Identification of the biodegradation products. 7- Cell or enzyme immobilization. 8- Enzyme identification.

7 - Isolation of bacteria and fungi is performed on Mineral Salt Medium (MSM) supplemented with the pollutant to be biodegraded as a sole source of carbon (enriched technique). - This medium can be used as liquid or solid. Soil pollutant Control Isolation of petroleum biodegrading bacteria from soil and petroleum pollution. Isolation of pesticide biodegrading bacteria from soil. Control

8 The medium has a pH 7 is preferred for isolation of bacteria, while pH 4.5– 5.5 for fungi. Fig. 2: Isolation of fungi (A) and bacteria (B) from the pollutant on solid MSM. A B

9 This is simply performed by streaking of a lope of the MSM microbial culture or by pouring dishes technique. The used medium is solid MSM supplemented with the pollutant as a sole source of carbon. Purification by streakingPurification by pouring

10 1- Spectrophotometer. 2- HPLC 3- GC/MS

11 4- Using the redox indicator 2,6-dichlorophenol indophenol (DCPIP). - The principle of this technique is that, during the microbial oxidation of the carbon source, electrons are transferred to electron acceptors such as O 2, nitrates and sulphate. - DCPIP is an electron acceptor. - The efficiency is determined by observing the color change of DCPIP from blue (oxidized) to colorless (reduced).

12 Immobilized enzymes (or cells) is defined as the enzyme that physically or chemically confined in defined materials with retention of its catalytic activity. Cells and Enzymes immobilization: The immobilization methods 1- Carrier-binding methods. 2- Cross-linking methods. 3- Entrapping methods. 1) Covalent binding methods 2- Ionic binding methods. 3- Physical adsorption. 4- Bio-specific binding methods. 3- Membrane. 2- Microcapsule. 1- lattice method. 4- Reversed micelle.

13 1- Polysaccharides: cellulose, dextran and agarose derivatives. 2- Proteins: gelatin, albumin. 3- Synthetic polymers: Polystyrene derivatives, ion exchange resins, polyurethane. 4- Inorganic materials: glass, sand, ceramic and magnetite. Materials used in the Carrier-binding methods

14 1) Covalent binding methods include: a) Cyanogen Bromide method (CNBr). b) Acid-azide derivative method c) Condensing reagent methods d) Diazo coupling methods e) Alkylation methods. Figure1: Steps of CNBr enzyme immobilization method

15 By cross-linking of the enzyme molecules by reacting with glutaraldehyde. B- Cross-linking methods:

16 3- Materials used in the entrapping methods a) Lattice type: polyacrylamide, calcium algenate, polyvinylalcohol polymers. b) Microcapsule type: Interfacial Polymerization Method. Liquid drying method.


18 Phytoremediation is use of plants for accumulation, removal or conversion of pollutants. 1-. Phytoremediation Phytostabilization Phytotransformation Phytoextraction Phytovolatilization Phytostimulation


20 Approximately 400 plant species have been classified as hyperaccumulators of heavy metals, such as grasses, sunflower, corn, hemp, flax, alfalfa, tobacco, willow, Indian mustard, poplar, water hyacinth, etc.

21 The root exudates of these plants play an important role in phytoremediation as it activate the surrounded microorganisms. Genetic engineering are used as in case of BT protein or insect pheromones producing plants to reduce the use of pesticides.

22 Metals bioremediation mechanisms Solubilization (Bioleaching) Solubilization (Bioleaching) Complexation (Bioaccomulation) (Biosorption) Complexation (Bioaccomulation) (Biosorption) Metal immobilization Precipitation - H 2 S producing bacteria - Siderophores. - Metal reduction. - Exopolysaccharide. - Lipoproteins. - Organic acids. - Siderophores. - Root exudates.

23 pyridine-2,6-bis(thiocarboxylic acid) SEM images of selenium-siderophore complex formed in P. stutzeri culture filtrate. Chemical structure of some siderophores

24 The biosurfactants are chemical compounds characterized by hydrophobic and hydrophilic (non- polar and polar) regions in one molecule (amphipathic molecules). Biosurfactants from bacteria, cyanobacteria, fungi and yeast are classified into: 1) Glycolipids. 2) Lipopeptides. 3) Phospholipids. 4) Glycoproteins. 5) Polymeric biosurfactants. Biosurfactants

25 Glucolipid from Alcaligens sp. Glucolipid from Alcalivorax sp. Trehalose tetra ester from Arthrobacter sp. Chemical structure of some biosurfactants

26 1- Increase the availability of hydrophopic compounds 2- Nutrient storage molecules. 3- Save the microbial cells from toxic substances. 4- Efflux of harmful compounds. 5- Extracellular and intracellular interactions such as quorum sensing and biofilm.

27 The microbe may access a poorly water-soluble substrate that has been pseudosolubilized by the biosurfactant. Reduce the adsorption of the non-polar pollutants to the surface of soil particles.

28 A) Soil bioremediation: (1) In-situ (without excavation). (2) Ex-situ (with excavation). Only ex-situ processes allow an efficient optimization of incubation parameters (biostimulation), including: pH, Aeration, Agitation, Moistening nutrients, solvents or surfactants. In addition to addition of microorganisms (bioaugmentation).

29 The ex-situ technique includes: 1- Bioslurry reactor. 2- Biopile. 3- landfarming Bioslurry reactor. Biopile.

30 1- High density poly ethylene (HDPE) 2- Sump pump to collect leachate 3- Layer of pea gravel 4- Layer of polluted soil to be treated 5- Chopped alfalfa hay to retain moisture 6- Wheels on sprinkler piping system 7- Piping frame, aluminum or PVC pipes with frequent holes, sufficient to allow water, nutrients and bacteria to treat the land farm plot 8- Flexible leachate collection hose 9- Bypass valve that allows leachate to be circulated directly to water distribution tank, 10- Recirculation hose 11- Alken-Murray Bioactivator 2000, bioreactor unit 12- Fresh water supply hoses 13- Pumps for fresh water 14- Treated water hose 15- Water distribution tank 16- Pump for distribution tank

31 Biofiltration is a process, in which, microorganisms supported on inert materials are used to degrade organic pollutants for air, gas and water bioremediation. Types of biofilters: 1- Bioscrubbers. 2- Biotrickling filters. 3- Slow sand or carbon filters.

32 Bioscrubber filters

33 Slow sand or carbon filters work through the formation of a gelatinous layer (or biofilm layer) on the top few millimetres of the fine sand or carbon layer. This layer contains bacteria, fungi, protozoa, rotifera and a range of aquatic insect larvae (i.e. rotifers).

34 Several research funding agency fund this type of applied research. Now each of us can start to work in a bioremediation research.


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