This study isolates and describes the bacteria found in different types of hydrocarbon-polluted soil in Congo and assesses the scope for its biological clean-up.
Category: Debut in Research, Young Talents from Africa
The study “Molecular Characterisation of Bacteria with Bioremediation Potential” aims to isolate and characterize micro-organisms (bacteria) of different types of soils polluted by hydrocarbons in Congo (soils from garages, drilling mud, decontamination sites sludge) and to assess their potential abilities to degrade these pollutants. The challenge is to constitute consortia with these bacteria or mixture of bacteria and molecules they synthesise (biosurfactants) that should be efficient in the depollution of soils contaminated with hydrocarbons. This recommended method of using bacteria will help to restore contaminated environments and therefore to improve the quality of life for the populations living near these sites and their appropriation for various needs (agriculture, construction, public garden). The success of the project could lead to the creation of companies specialized in the restoration of polluted sites.
Launched in 2007 to recognise the best studies on efficiency, sustainability and environmental protection, the annual Eni Award is an international prize for applied research in the field of energy. Every year the competition involves many of the most important scientific institutions in the world as well as Eni's own in-house laboratories.
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