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Bioremediation processes can be categorized as in situ or ex situ. Bioremediation conducted at the site of contamination is called in situ bioremediation and does not involve movement of contaminated material. In contrast, ex situ bioremediation involves the removal of contaminated material from the original site so that it can be treated elsewhere, typically in a large, lined pit where conditions are optimized for degradation of the contaminant.

Some bioremediation processes rely on microorganisms that are indigenous to the contaminated site or material. Enhanced bioremediation techniques, which may be applied to either in situ or ex situ processing, involve the addition of nutrients and/or air to encourage the growth of pollution-degrading microbes; they may also involve the addition of non-native microbes known for their ability to degrade contaminants. For example, certain bacteria of the genera Rhodococcus and Pseudomonas are known for their ability to degrade many environmental contaminants, including aromatic compounds like those found in oil, down to CO 2 . The genes encoding their degradatory enzymes are commonly found on plasmids. Others, like Alcanivorax borkumensis , produce surfactants that are useful in the solubilization of the hydrophobic molecules found in oil, making them more accessible to other microbes for degradation.

  • Compare and contrast the benefits of in situ and ex situ bioremediation.

Resolution

Although there is a DNA test specific for Neisseria meningitidis , it is not practical for use in some developing countries because it requires expensive equipment and a high level of expertise to perform. The hospital in Banjul was not equipped to perform DNA testing. Biochemical testing, however, is much less expensive and is still effective for microbial identification.

Fortunately for Hannah, her symptoms began to resolve with antibiotic therapy. Patients who survive bacterial meningitis often suffer from long-term complications such as brain damage, hearing loss, and seizures, but after several weeks of recovery, Hannah did not seem to be exhibiting any long-term effects and her behavior returned to normal. Because of her age, her parents were advised to monitor her closely for any signs of developmental issues and have her regularly evaluated by her pediatrician.

N. meningitidis is found in the normal respiratory microbiota in 10%–20% of the human population. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Meningococcal Disease: Causes and Transmission.” http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/causes-transmission.html. Accessed September 12, 2016. In most cases, it does not cause disease, but for reasons not fully understood, the bacterium can sometimes invade the bloodstream and cause infections in other areas of the body, including the brain. The disease is more common in infants and children, like Hannah.

The prevalence of meningitis caused by N. meningitidis is particularly high in the so-called meningitis belt , a region of sub-Saharan African that includes 26 countries stretching from Senegal to Ethiopia ( [link] ). The reasons for this high prevalence are not clear, but several factors may contribute to higher rates of transmission, such as the dry, dusty climate; overcrowding and low standards of living; and the relatively low immunocompetence and nutritional status of the population. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Meningococcal Disease in Other Countries.” http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/global.html. Accessed September 12, 2016. A vaccine against four bacterial strains of N. meningitidis is available. Vaccination is recommended for 11- and 12-year-old children, with a booster at age 16 years. Vaccination is also recommended for young people who live in close quarters with others (e.g., college dormitories, military barracks), where the disease is more easily transmitted. Travelers visiting the “meningitis belt” should also be vaccinated, especially during the dry season (December through June) when the prevalence is highest. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Health Information for Travelers to the Gambia: Traveler View.” http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/the-gambia. Accessed September 12, 2016. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Meningococcal: Who Needs to Be Vaccinated?” http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate.htm. Accessed September 12, 2016.

a) Micrograph of small pink circles. B) Map of Africa showing the Meningitis Belt (areas of high epidemic risk) running from Senegal on the east to Ethiopia on the West and spanning 2 countries from north to south. There are 24 Countries with areas in the Meningitis belt.
(a) Neisseria meningitidis is a gram-negative diplococcus, as shown in this gram-stained sample. (b) The “meningitis belt” is the area of sub-Saharan Africa with high prevalence of meningitis caused by N. meningitidis . (credit a, b: modification of work by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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Key concepts and summary

  • The recycling of inorganic matter between living organisms and their nonliving environment is called a biogeochemical cycle . Microbes play significant roles in these cycles.
  • In the carbon cycle , heterotrophs degrade reduced organic molecule to produce carbon dioxide, whereas autotrophs fix carbon dioxide to produce organics. Methanogens typically form methane by using CO 2 as a final electron acceptor during anaerobic respiration; methanotrophs oxidize the methane, using it as their carbon source.
  • In the nitrogen cycle , nitrogen-fixing bacteria convert atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia (ammonification). The ammonia can then be oxidized to nitrite and nitrate (nitrification). Nitrates can then be assimilated by plants. Soil bacteria convert nitrate back to nitrogen gas (denitrification).
  • In sulfur cycling , many anoxygenic photosynthesizers and chemoautotrophs use hydrogen sulfide as an electron donor, producing elemental sulfur and then sulfate; sulfate-reducing bacteria and archaea then use sulfate as a final electron acceptor in anaerobic respiration, converting it back to hydrogen sulfide.
  • Human activities that introduce excessive amounts of naturally limited nutrients (like iron, nitrogen, or phosphorus) to aquatic systems may lead to eutrophication.
  • Microbial bioremediation is the use of microbial metabolism to remove or degrade xenobiotics and other environmental contaminants and pollutants. Enhanced bioremediation techniques may involve the introduction of non-native microbes specifically chosen or engineered for their ability to degrade contaminants.

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The molecule central to the carbon cycle that is exchanged within and between ecosystems, being produced by heterotrophs and used by autotrophs, is ________.

carbon dioxide

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The use of microbes to remove pollutants from a contaminated system is called ________.

bioremediation

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There are many naturally occurring microbes that have the ability to degrade several of the compounds found in oil.

True

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Why must autotrophic organisms also respire or ferment in addition to fixing CO 2 ?

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How can human activity lead to eutrophication?

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