Fungal Bioremediation as a Tool for Polluted Agricultural Soils

  • Sandra Pérez Álvarez
  • Marco Antonio Magallanes Tapia
  • Bernardo Nayar Debora Duarte
  • María Esther González Vega
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Soils can be contaminated with heavy metal by anthropogenic activities, and they do not go through a process of chemical or biological (microbial) degradation, so their total concentration in soils persists for a long time after their introduction. Conventional method to remove such contaminants is costly and inefficient; however, the bioremediation is cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly alternative. The properties of some genera of fungi, such as Trichoderma, Beauveria, and Paecilomyces, to absorb and accumulate heavy metals give a great potential for cheap alternative method to remove heavy metal from soil. For that reason, the aim of this chapter is to discuss about the heavy metal removal from contaminated agricultural soil using bioremediation by fungi Trichoderma sp., Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill., and Paecilomyces lilacinus (Thom) Samson.


Bioremediation Contamination Environment Fungi Heavy metals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra Pérez Álvarez
    • 1
  • Marco Antonio Magallanes Tapia
    • 1
  • Bernardo Nayar Debora Duarte
    • 1
  • María Esther González Vega
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CIIDIR-IPN, Unidad Sinaloa, Departamento de Biotecnología AgrícolaGuasaveMéxico
  2. 2.Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agrícolas (INCA)San José de las LajasCuba

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