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Indian Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 35–40 | Cite as

Biodegradation and bioremediation of pesticide in soil: concept, method and recent developments

  • Dileep K. Singh
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Abstract

Biodegradation is a natural process, where the degradation of a xenobiotic chemical or pesticide by an organism is primarily a strategy for their own survival. Most of these microbes work in natural environment but some modifications can be brought about to encourage the organisms to degrade the pesticide at a faster rate in a limited time frame. This capability of microbe is some times utilized as technology for removal of contaminant from actual site. Knowledge of physiology, biochemistry and genetics of the desired microbe may further enhance the microbial process to achieve bioremediation with precision and with limited or no scope for uncertainty and variability in microbe functioning. Gene encoding for enzyme has been identified for several pesticides, which will provide a new inputs in understanding the microbial capability to degrade a pesticide and develop a super strain to achieve the desired result of bioremediation in a short time.

Keywords

Biodegradation Bioremediation Pesticide 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia

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