We are applying our unique specialized biological methods to protecting human health and the environment to develop solution that rapidly and effectively break down environmental pollutants.
Bioremediation is a process used to treat contaminated media, including water, soil and subsurface material, by altering environmental conditions to stimulate growth of microorganisms and degrade the target pollutants. In many cases, bioremediation is less expensive and more sustainable than other remediation alternatives.
We are focused on the research, development, and production of microorganisms and enzymes to combat harmful and toxic compounds found in the environment.
We develop bio-solutions to meet today’s toughest challenges.
To date, it has been
of OPs and POPs are at tens of thousands of locations in different countries.
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation. POP’s possess a particular combination of physical and chemical properties such that, once released into the environment, they remain intact for exceptionally long periods of time (many years). POPs include many insecticides and herbicides that have been used in agriculture and pest control, such as the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT). POPs are also manufactured for use in various industries [e.g. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), phthalates], and others, such as dioxin, are unintended by-products of manufacturing. POP’s are known as “forever chemicals”.
They become widely distributed throughout the environment as a result of natural processes involving soil, water and, most notably, air; accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms including humans and are found at higher concentrations at higher levels in the food chain; and are toxic to both humans and wildlife.
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, adopted in 2001 and signed by 152 countries, aims to protect human health and the environment from highly dangerous, long-lasting chemicals by restricting and ultimately eliminating their production, use, trade, release and storage. To date, a total of 22 POPs have been listed as targets of the Convention.
DDT and PCBs
- Can travel long distances from their original source through air, water and animal carriers
- Stay insoluble in the soil and the water a very long time
- Accumulate in the fat cells of living organisms and can be retained for years
DDT has been linked to several disorders, including breast & other cancers, male infertility, miscarriages and low birth weight, developmental delay, nervous system and liver damage.
PCBs have been linked to cancer, suppressed immune system, growth deficiencies, skin conditions, liver damage, and poor cognitive development in children.
How Are We Exposed?
DDT and PCBs can stay insoluble in the soil and the water very long time…
By eating food directly exposed to DDT and PCBs.
Infants may be exposed through breast milk.
By eating crops grown in contaminated soil.
By eating contaminated fish and shellfish.
By water exposed to DDT and PCBs (contaminated water).
Cleanup DDT and PCB stockpiles
Cleanup and remedy the contamined soil with DDT and PCBs
Reduce the salinity of the soil and make them avaible for re-cultivation