About this Research Topic
Bioremediation of polluted soils has been developed in recent decades as an ecofriendly alternative to clean polluted soils by substituting traditional physico-chemical technologies. There are several strategies to perform bioremediation such as bioaugmentation or biostimulation or operation modes such as in situ or ex situ options. In this framework, bioremediation research is evolving to more complex approaches to improve both the knowledge, the efficiency and the economics of this technology. Important aspects in bioremediation that hampers its fully implementation are specifically welcome: mass and heat transfer, homogeneity, use of autochthonous or specifically developed microorganisms, in situ vs ex situ, required time, etc.
The main objective of this Research Topic is to compile the new advances on all the aspects related to bioremediation. Full-scale studies are particularly welcome although other lab or bench scale experiments with real soils with novel results are also encouraged. With this Research Topic, the main research trends of this technology will be summarized in a specific issue.
For instance, important aspects in bioremediation such as cleaning of non-standard pollutants, metabolism and by-products formation or the use of surfactants and biosurfactants are of specific interest.
Papers related to artificially polluted soil are discouraged.
Original Research Papers and Reviews are welcome in this Research Topic. The following list details novel aspects on soil bioremediation that can be included in this Research Topic, although other novel approaches are also welcome:
• Microbiology of soil bioremediation
• Metabolism of bioremediation and by-product formation
• Bioremediation enhancers: surfactants and biosurfactants
• Ex situ successful configurations
• Non-reported pollutants cleaned by bioremediation
• Wastes as soil co-substrates for bioremediation
Keywords: soil, bioremediation, bioaugmentation, biostimulation, co-metabolism
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