Water and soil contaminations

Can we decontaminate soil and water that are contaminated with petroleum? The answer is yes; that is what microorganisms are for.

The first evidence has been shown in the summer of 2010 after the explosion of the “Deep Water Horizon” oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. In relevance to decontamination, it was then determined that various kinds of bacteria can form a biosurfactant that possesses the property to bind the petroleum more easily. Today, we have one of the most effective agents—Rhamnolipid—that can decontaminate soil and water bodies contaminated with petroleum. They can be used to substitute chemical and synthetic active agents and thus help in the reduction of their usage.