Find out about the Dehalobacter

The time has come to talk about Dehalobacter. Dehalobacter is a bacterial genus first discovered in the late 1990s.

Like other dechlorinating bacteria, Dehalobacter genus includes species known for their ability to carry out reductive dehalogenation, the process in which they remove halogen atoms, particularly chlorine, from organic compounds under oxygen-depleted conditions.

Since the discovery of the dechlorinating capacity of some species, research on Dehalobacter and its application in bioremediation has continued to evolve, broadening our understanding of the anaerobic bacteria involved in the biodegradation of chlorinated pollutants.

Soil, water, sediments, activated sludge, are all anaerobic environments in which Dehalobacter can be found: the adaptability of Dehalobacter to different conditions can undoubtedly be very useful in bioremediation!

At Orvion we use DNA techniques to detect and measure the presence of Dehalobacter in contaminated environments: this allows us to evaluate the possibility and extent of degradation of halogenated compounds, and in particular chlorinated solvents.

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