Free-enzyme bioremediation of pesticides

a case study for the enzymatic remediation of organophosphorous insecticide residues

Colin Scott, Cameron Begley, Matthew J. Taylor, Gunjan Pandey, Vinko Momiroski, Nigel French, Clint Brearley, Steve E. Kotsonis, Michael J. Selleck, Flerida A. Carino, Cristina M. Bajet, Craig Clarke, John G. Oakeshott, Robyn J. Russell

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Free-enzyme bioremediation is a recently developed technology that allows rapid detoxification of pesticide residues in surface waters, such as irrigation tail water, and potentially from other wettable materials such as soil and the surfaces of commodities. Here we consider the advantages of this technology compared with other pesticide bioremediation strategies, as well as its current limitations and challenges for the future. We exemplify the development of free-enzyme bioremediants with a case study, the Landguard™ OP-A organophosphate bioremediant, highlighting the enzymatic, physical and toxicological properties of the enzyme that predispose it to be an effective and efficient environmental bioremediant and the applications explored for it to date.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPesticide mitigation strategies for surface water quality
EditorsKean S. Goh, Brian L. Bret, Thomas L. Potter, Jay Gan
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780841226562
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event239th ACS National Meeting and Exposition - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 21 Mar 201025 Mar 2010
Conference number: 239

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918


Conference239th ACS National Meeting and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

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