IIT Bombay’s bacteria preferentially degrade aromatic compounds

IIT Bombay researchers have used a unique strain of bacterium isolated from soil contaminated with petroleum products to selectively remove toxic aromatic pollutants from the environment. The bacteria devour aromatic compounds and organic acid even when glucose is available. The peculiar order of food preference comes from the suppression of glucose utilisation at a molecular … Continue reading IIT Bombay’s bacteria preferentially degrade aromatic compounds

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Podcast: Detecting organophosphoporus pesticides in apples and tomatoes

 Partha Mahata from Jadavpur University explains how the cadmium-based MOF synthesised by his team is capable of detecting organophosphoporus pesticides both in water solution and in apples and tomatoes. The MOF is highly sensitive and is capable of detecting the pesticides even if present in ppb concentration.

A simple way to detect organophosphoporus pesticides in tomatoes, apples

Researchers from Jadavpur University and Visva-Bharati University have synthesised a MOF that is capable of detecting organophosphoporus pesticides both in water solution and in apples and tomatoes. The MOF is highly sensitive and is capable of detecting the pesticides even if present in ppb concentration. Using metal-organic framework (MOF) made of cadmium chloride and synthesised … Continue reading A simple way to detect organophosphoporus pesticides in tomatoes, apples

Bacteria isolated from domestic sewage remove organophosphorus pesticide

Researchers have used three bacteria species isolated from domestic sewage to remove chloropyrifos, an organophosphorous pesticide, from water and soil samples. The bacteria absorb the pesticide without leaving behind any toxic metabolites. While the bacteria species, both individually and as mixed culture, removed 90% of the pesticide from water samples, about 50% of the pesticide … Continue reading Bacteria isolated from domestic sewage remove organophosphorus pesticide