Industrial pollution is an area of growing concern to legislators and the scientific community alike. In particular, organic pollutants present a real threat to human and wild-life, especially if they enter the food-chain. In the last two decades, there has been increasing interest on the use of bioremediation for removal of environmental pollutants. This study was undertaken to investigate the efficiency of four types of marine plants (micro-algae) in removing organic pollutants under different conditions. The study showed a significant reduction (up to 88%) in pollutants. In a related investigation, these species were also efficient in removing nitrogen oxides and ammonia from polluted water. Studies are continuing to fully characterize the structure of pollutants removed by these species and to find other applications of their usage in pollution reduction.
Audience Take Away:
- The audience will appreciate the general benefits of using algae in pollution reduction.
- The audience will be introduced to organisms from the Red Sea which are being used for phytoremediation for the first time.
- This study will open the door for researchers in the field to collaborate. There maybe even a business opportunity in the application of these species in pollution control and green environment sustainability.