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The Ecology of Microbial Contaminant Degradation in Groundwater

Title data

Lüders, Tillmann ; Táncsics, András:
The Ecology of Microbial Contaminant Degradation in Groundwater.
In: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. - Amsterdam, Niederlande : Elsevier , 2021
ISBN 978-0-12-409548-9
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819166-8.00180-8

Abstract in another language

Groundwater systems are key for the provisioning of water for human use, but at the same time impacted by a massive and constantly increasing footprint of anthropogenic pollutants. Fortunately, aquifers are also inhabited by a plethora of microbes, which safeguard water quality with their biogeochemical activities. Here, we discuss microbial contaminant degradation in groundwater from an ecological perspective. The key facets of the use of important pollutants either as electron donors or acceptors by aquifer microbes are presented, as well as the limitations of biodegradation encountered in these specific freshwater ecosystems. An improved ecological understanding of pollutant-degrading microbiomes in groundwater can support societal efforts to protect and restore this important water resource.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aerobic and anaerobic respiration; Degrader microbiomes; Groundwater contamination; Microbial pollutant degradation; Oxidative and reductive biodegradation; Pollutant co-metabolism
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Ecological Microbiology > Chair Ecological Microbiology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tillmann Lüders
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2022 11:02
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2022 11:02
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/68939