NEPTUNE SEMINAR SERIES 23 NOV
Neptune Seminar Series | Maria Bôto | 23 November | 12h
Development of a georeferenced library of native microbial consortia for bioremediation of oil spills.
Maria Bôto (CIIMAR)
Oil spills are among the most harmful accidents to marine environments. Current remediation techniques are expensive, have a short-term effect and are not eco-friendly, therefore not allowing the complete ecological restoration of the ecosystems affected the oil spilled. Bioremediation approaches can increase the activity of microorganisms with biodegradation capacity, which can turn into a cost-effective treatment to accelerate the recovery of contaminated environments. The use of native microbial consortia for bioremediation of oil spills can increase the bioremediation efficiency. This study provides an insight into the development of a georeferenced library of native microbial consortia with the capability to degrade petroleum compounds, and its potential application for the future improvement of bioremediation techniques.