Talk:Bioremediation

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Thank you for your suggestions and corrections. I made the changes which I thought were necessary. Please check out and grade our microbe page created for Phanerochaete chrysosporium! Sdemetriou 04:29, 22 March 2008 (UTC)


Wow nice page! Two suggestions: 1. a typo "The removal of nitrogen is a two stage stage process than involves nitrification and denitrification" to "The removal of nitrogen is a two stage stage process THAT involves nitrification and denitrification" 2. A sentence about how P putida actually detects/reports presence of TNT would be nice. Alorloff 06:27, 17 March 2008 (UTC)


corrected typo, thank you Icclark 06:28, 21 March 2008 (UTC)


I like how you included pictures of the different PAH structures. I think it would strengthen the page to show pictures of the other contaminants, and discuss how they are broken down in a bit more detail. Oxic vs. anoxic? byproducts? Great job overall, Heather

One more thing: the brief description of co-metabolism is a little unclear. You wrote: "The breakdown of PAHs can occur when microorganisms use PAH as their sole energy and carbon source and also through the co-metabolisms process. Co-metabolism refers to when an enzyme directed at another compound also degrades PHA. This has been shown to be an important phenomenon in breaking down larger aromatic chains, by does not directly lead to complete oxidation to carbon dioxide [5]." Perhaps you could say something like, "Cometabolism refers to the transformation of a substrate by a microorganism that derives its energy/carbon from a second substrate." Also, in the last sentence I think "by" should be "but." Keep up the good work! Jmmullane 04:37, 15 March 2008 (UTC)


Thank you for the comments. I made some changes, hopefully it is more clear now...Icclark 00:10, 17 March 2008 (UTC)


Maybe you guys could consider re-organizing the examples of microorganisms so that they are in the same order as the pollutants that they degrade or even incorporate the microorganisms into the corresponding pollutant section. That might make things flow a little easier.Jmmullane 04:24, 15 March 2008 (UTC)


I agree, but not all pollutants have a corresponding microbe, and we like having all the microbes together, so we might stick with the format for now. Thanks Icclark 00:34, 17 March 2008 (UTC)


"Polynuclear aromatic compounds (PAHs)" should be "Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)" and under that particular heading, mutagens is misspelled.Jmmullane 04:19, 15 March 2008 (UTC)


Thanks Polynuclear changed to polycyclic. Icclark 00:10, 17 March 2008 (UTC)


I love the page! The degradation diagrams that accompany the organic compounds are extremely informative and easy to follow. You did a great job with your citations as well.Jmmullane 05:57, 14 March 2008 (UTC)



Verrrrry good, but maybe a bit dense: I agree with Pbwebb. The info is good, but maybe you could put a "lighter" summary in/ just after your intro so someone just mildly interested and knowledgable could get the important stuff without being bogged down in the more technical stuff (I know that would be a lot of work, and won't be at all offended if you ignore this)Njblackburn 05:09, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


Thanks, but I don't think reducing the amount of information is worthwhile. Icclark 06:28, 21 March 2008 (UTC)


Italics for the microbes' names! put two apostrophes at the beginning and end of the italicized section like this Njblackburn 05:05, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


yes, italics for the microbes, thanksIcclark 06:28, 21 March 2008 (UTC)


informative yes most def. this is a super complex issue and hot topic in science. work of selling your subject. I felt like I got rushed into the details prematurely. how can your wiki page appeal to a wider audience? what will award your page with more "hits." thats just my 10 cents. cheers Pbwebb 04:40, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


Wow, this looks fabulous! I love the images- Great job! Heather

Nice job!!I also liked how you presented the illustrations. I read a recent paper that evaluated bioremediation of aquifers contaminated with uranium with the aid of nitrate and nitrate dependent Fe(II)-oxidizing microorganisms. It is in the journal of geomicrobiology by Senko et al., 2005. Check it out..CheersEgrgutierrez 03:31, 14 March 2008 (UTC)----


Also great use of pictures to illustrate aromatic compoundsNjppatel 18:44, 13 March 2008 (UTC)


Great page, i especially liked how you gave a real life example of the exon valdez spill to illustrate the concept of bioremdiationNjppatel 18:43, 13 March 2008 (UTC)


The Microbe page that our group created is for Phanerochaete chrysosporium Sdemetriou 01:24, 11 March 2008 (UTC)


would be good in intro to define in situ vs ex situ remediation. Ex situ then cover the use of bioreactors and other such systems.

Kate Scow 01:38, 10 March 2008 (UTC)

looking very good. Make sure you use proper scientific nomenclature for naming organisms: genus starting with caps and species name starting with lower case.

Also I think it flows better to start with pollutants and put the organisms second. Kate Scow 01:36, 10 March 2008 (UTC)


thank you Kate. I made changes per your suggestions. Icclark 06:28, 21 March 2008 (UTC)



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Looking good! Is your source on-line? You can create an external link like this. - Irina C 22:49, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

A lot of information in the page. Good. I would like to merge the metablic pathway to the example pollutant so that everyone can know how the pollutant is degraded.