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Microbial resources for bioremediation and reclamation of degraded environments


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Anthropic activities can often cause the deterioration of the environment. Several sites worldwide are impacted by intensive agricultural practices, mining operations and pollution or can be considered marginal soils (i.e., soils with no agricultural or industrial value). Several technologies have been developed for the reclamation of such environments. In this context, the biotechnological approaches that exploit the metabolic diversity of microorganisms to degrade the contaminants, or to increase soil fertility are of particular interest.

In this BMC Biotechnology collection we invited the authors to submit primary research and reviews focusing on the development of strategies for the bioremediation and reclamation of environments impacted by human activities and of marginal lands with an emphasis on the works that exploit microbial resources.

The key areas of consideration for the collection included:

  • Development of innovative approaches for the removal of contaminants
  • Characterization of microbial communities involved in the degradation of contaminants
  • Development of strategies for the reclamation of environments impacted by human activities
  • Characterization of novel microorganisms potentially suitable for the bioremediation and for the reclamation
  • Description of new microbial approaches for the reclamation of marginal lands

New Content ItemThrough this collection, we draw attention to a few different Sustainable Development Goals including sustainable agriculture and phytoremediation towards zero hunger (SDG2), clean water and sanitation (SDG6), industry, innovation, and infrastructure (SDG9), sustainable cities and communities (SDG11), biological mechanisms to counter climate change (SDG13), life below water (SDG14) and life on land (SDG15).

Guest Editor profiles

New Content ItemDr. Matteo Daghio

Matteo Daghio obtained his Pd.D.  in 2015 from the Unversity of Milano-Bicocca (IT) and is currently a research fellow at the University of Florence. His research focusses on different aspects of environmental microbiology, from the bioremediation to the study of rumen microbial communities.

New Content ItemDr. Alessandra Adessi

Alessandra Adessi obtained her Ph.D. in Microbial Agricultural Biotechnology in 2012 and is currently a Senior Researcher at the University of Florence. Her research focusses on different aspects of environmental and applied microbiology, especially based on phototrophic microorganisms, from soil to water environments.

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