Extremophilic Microorganisms for the Treatment of Toxic Pollutants in the Environment

Sun Wook Jeong, Yong Jun Choi

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As concerns about the substantial effect of various hazardous toxic pollutants on the environment and public health are increasing, the development of effective and sustainable treatment methods is urgently needed. In particular, the remediation of toxic components such as radioactive waste, toxic heavy metals, and other harmful substances under extreme conditions is quite difficult due to their restricted accessibility. Thus, novel treatment methods for the removal of toxic pollutants using extremophilic microorganisms that can thrive under extreme conditions have been investigated during the past several decades. In this review, recent trends in bioremediation using extremophilic microorganisms and related approaches to develop them are reviewed, with relevant examples and perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number21
StatePublished - 23 Oct 2020


  • bioremediation
  • extreme conditions
  • extremophilic microorganism
  • toxic pollutants


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