Molasses and Bioremediation

Bioremediation is a process that typically involves the clean-up of hazardous contaminants in the soil or water by the use of micro-organisms. The process may involve the introduction of new micro-organisms to a site or adjustment of environmental conditions to increase the population of the naturally occurring microbes that are already present.

As the process is undertaken by micro-organisms maintaining a healthy population is essential to sustain the overall efficiency of the process. Various feed stocks are regularly used for this purpose with molasses being an ideal choice as not only does it contain a readily available energy source, in the form of sugars, but also a variety of micro-nutrients which are essential for microbe survival. As molasses is from plant origin it contains an array of naturally occurring constituents that can help to support the growth of a number of different micro-organisms.

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