Bioremediation Research Issues

  • John H. Skinner
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 41)


Bioremediation is one of the most promising technologies on the horizon for more cost-effective cleanup of hazardous wastes. The basic concepts are not new. Bioremedial processes have been recognized and used for many decades. Most notable are the processes involved in wastewater and sewage treatments. Microbiologists have been familiar with biodegradation (organic breakdown) and bioconversion (action on inorganics) for nearly a century. The microbial actions involved in these processes have also been used extensively in the food processing industry—in the production of items such as beer, wine, yogurt, cheese, and sauerkraut—as well as in chemical science.


Hazardous Waste Superfund Site Cleanup Technology Specific Waste Hazardous Waste Treatment 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • John H. Skinner
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  1. 1.Office of Research and DevelopmentU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyUSA

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