Benzene

Benzene is a type 1 carcinogenic solvent.

It comes in a liquid form and it easily evaporates. If inhaled, benzene is very difficult to expel from lungs and is likely to be absorbed, promoting blood and bone cancer.

Benzene is formed through combustion, industrial activity, petrol refinery, solvents spills and traffic smog.

Fortunately, some bacteria, both aerobic and anaerobic, are capable of benzene biodegradation, attacking the aromatic ring and turning the toxic structure into non-toxic end products.

At Orvion, we apply DNA techniques to identify such bacterial activity and promote processes of bioremediation in contaminated sites.

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