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Journal of Hazardous Materials
Volume 396, 2020

An overview on heavy metal resistant microorganisms for simultaneous treatment of multiple chemical pollutants at co-contaminated sites, and their multipurpose application

Zeeshanur Rahman

Department of Botany, Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi, Delhi, 110002, India.


Anthropogenic imbalance of chemical pollutants in environment raises serious threat to all life forms. Contaminated sites often possess multiple heavy metals and other types of pollutants. Elimination of chemical pollutants at co-contaminated sites is imperative for the safe ecosystem functions, and simultaneous removal approach is an attractive scheme for their remediation. Different conventional techniques have been applied as concomitant treatment solution but fall short at various parameters. In parallel, use of microorganisms offers an innovative, cost effective and ecofriendly approach for simultaneous treatment of various chemical pollutants. However, microbiostasis due to harmful effects of heavy metals or other contaminants is a serious bottleneck facing remediation practices in co-contaminated sites. But certain microorganisms have unique mechanisms to resist heavy metals, and can act on different noxious wastes. Considering this significant, my review provides information on different heavy metal resistant microorganisms for bioremediation of different chemical pollutants, and other assistance. In this favour, the integrated approach of simultaneous treatment of multiple heavy metals and other environmental contaminants using different heavy metal resistant microorganisms is summarized. Further, the discussion also intends toward the use of heavy metal resistant microorganisms associated with industrial and environmental applications, and healthcare.

Keywords: Chemical pollutants; Heavy metals; Heavy metal resistant microorganisms; Multipurpose microorganisms; Simultaneous treatment.

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