bioremediation

noun
bio·​re·​me·​di·​a·​tion | \ˌbī-ō-ri-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of bioremediation 

: the treatment of pollutants or waste (as in an oil spill, contaminated groundwater, or an industrial process) by the use of microorganisms (such as bacteria) that break down the undesirable substances

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But that does not always degrade the chemical fully, and heavier cleanups may require bioremediation machines that involve often prohibitive sums between $700,000 and $3 million for installation alone. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Treating Toxins with Tree Microbes," 1 Nov. 2017 Culture Wired spends some time on the job with bioremediation and hoarding experts, Steri-Clean, Inc. Hayley Campbell, WIRED, "A New Way to Dispose of Corpses—With Chemistry!," 27 Mar. 2018 As such, the species is thought of as a potential tool to clean up contaminated soils (aka, bioremediation). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Meet “raw” water—ludicrously priced unfiltered water with random bacteria," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bioremediation

1986, in the meaning defined above

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