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Applied Sciences, Vol. 9, Pages 4185: Mycoremediation of PCBs by Pleurotus ostreatus: Possibilities and Prospects

08 Oct 2019

Applied Sciences, Vol. 9, Pages 4185: Mycoremediation of PCBs by Pleurotus ostreatus: Possibilities and Prospects

Applied Sciences doi: 10.3390/app9194185

Authors:
Se Chul Chun
Manikandan Muthu
Nazim Hasan
Shadma Tasneem
Judy Gopal

With the rising awareness on environmental issues and the increasing risks through industrial development, clean up remediation measures have become the need of the hour. Bioremediation has become increasingly popular owing to its environmentally friendly approaches and cost effectiveness. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are an alarming threat to human welfare as well as the environment. They top the list of hazardous xenobiotics. The multiple effects these compounds render to the niche is not unassessed. Bioremediation does appear promising, with myco remediation having a clear edge over bacterial remediation. In the following review, the inputs of white-rot fungi in PCB remediation are examined and the lacunae in the practical application of this versatile technology highlighted. The unique abilities of Pleurotus ostreatus and its deliverables with respect to removal of PCBs are presented. The need for improvising P. ostreatus-mediated remediation is emphasized.

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