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IIT Bombay’s bacteria preferentially degrade aromatic compounds

Mumbai | India

Using a unique strain of bacterium isolated from soil contaminated with petroleum products, IIT Bombay researchers can selectively remove from the environment toxic, aromatic pollutants such as benzoate (sodium benzoate is used as a food preservative), benzyl alcohol and naphthalene, to name a few. About soil pollution from petroleum products What types of pollution do petroleum products result in? And why? (outside of just soil pollution) What are the conventional ways to treat this pollution? Who could this innovation benefit? Awards and recognitions https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2018.02885/full https://www.intechopen.com/books/recent-insights-in-petroleum-science-and-engineering/microbial-bioremediation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbon-contaminated-marine-environments https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/118/1/012063/pdf https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2019/ra/c9ra06726d#!divAbstract

The Hindu | Last Updated : 06-Apr-19

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