Roundtable Discussion: Directions for the Future
Developments in genetics and other biological sciences that are highly relevant to the pollution control problem in the long term have come at an astonishing and accelerating pace in the past few years. I doubt that there have been many meetings of microbial ecologists or environmental engineers with as many genetic maps and DNA sequences as we are now seeing. I am confident that future meetings will be even more inclusive of such material, as the power of genetic techniques becomes better recognized. The interactions reflected in this meeting among investigators from different disciplines should lead to cooperative efforts to design bioreac-tors, to plan changes in wastewater treatment facilities and other kinds of equipment, and, as Rita Colwell urged, to consider new ways of dealing with well-known problems.
KeywordsSludge Lignin Vanadium Biodegradation Sewage
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