With the human population continuing to grow at an astonishing rate, industrial and agricultural systems have had to expand in kind. The large-scale production of food and manufactured products, however, has affected the environment on a global scale. The contamination of soil, water, and air with harmful pollutants may put community health at risk.
While many companies have sought improvements in their manufacturing practices to produce less dangerous waste and reduce their ecological footprint, additional solutions are needed to further reduce the presence of hazardous substances in the environment. Bioremediation provides the answer.
Bioremediation techniques utilize aerobic and anaerobic microbial species to reduce contamination by breaking down pollutants into less-toxic substances. Microbes are well known for their ability to break down a variety of organic compounds, and they have already demonstrated success in cleaning up pollutants such as crude oil, gasoline, pesticides, and sewage. Further, by applying naturally occurring organisms in the reduction of pollutants, there is less disruption to the environment as compared to conventional technologies, and fewer resources and energy are required to sustain it.
ATCC supports this essential field of research by offering the reliable microbial strains needed to develop innovative solutions to environmental issues, including strains with known applications in bioremediation. Explore our resources today!