Environmental biotechnology is when
biotechnologyis applied to and used to study the natural environment. Environmental biotechnology could also imply that one try to harness biological process for commercial uses and exploitation. The [http://www.iseb-web.org/ International Society for Environmental Biotechnology] defines environmental biotechnology as "the development, use and regulation of biological systems for remediation of contaminated environments (land, air, water), and for environment-friendly processes (green manufacturing technologies and sustainable development)".
ignificance towards industrial biotechnology
Consider an environment in which pollution of a particular type is maximum. Let us consider the effluents of a starch industry (aka "Sago industry") which has mixed up with a local water body like a lake or pond. We find huge deposits of starch which are not so easily taken up for degradation by micro-organisms except for a few exemptions. We isolate a few micro-organisms from the polluted site and scan for any significant changes in their genome like mutations or evolutions. The modified genes are then identified. This is done because, the isolate would have adapted itself to degrade/utilize the starch better than other microbes of the same genus. Thus, the resultant genes are cloned onto industrially significant micro-organisms and are used for more economically significant processess like in pharmaceutical industry, fermentations...etc.
Similar situations can be elucitated like in the case of oil spills in the oceans which require cleanup, microbes isolated from oil rich environments like oil wells, oil transfer pipelines...etc have been found having the potential to degrade oil or use it as an energy source. Thus they serve as a remedy to oil spills.
Still another elucidation would be in the case of microbes isolated from pesticide rich soils These would be capable of utilizing the pesticides as energy source and hence when mixed along with bio-fertilizers, would serve as excellent insurance against increased pesticide-toxicity levels in agricultural platform.
But the counter argument would be that whether these newly introduced microorganisms would create an imbalance in the environment concerned.The mutual harmony in which the organisms in that particular environment existed may have to face alteration and we should be extremely careful so as to not disturb the mutual relationships already existing in the environment to which we are introducing the newly discovered and cloned microorganisms. Analysis of both the benefits and the disadvantages would pave way for an improvised version of environmental biotechnology. After all it is the environment that we strive to protect.
* Gerben J Zylstraa and Jerome J Kukor, "What is environmental biotechnology?" Current Opinion in Biotechnology 16(3):243-245, 2005
* Vidya Sagar. K, "National Conference on Environmental Biotechnology", Bangalore 2005.
* [http://www.iseb-web.org/ International Society for Environmental Biotechnology]
* [http://www.orbit-online.net/ Orbit association] is a German NGO that promotes the scientific and technological development of environmental biotechnology.
*the [http://www.ebip.org/ Environmental Biotechnology Industrial Platform]
* [http://www-esd.lbl.gov/CEB/ Center for Environmental Biotechnology] at the
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
* [http://www.ebcrc.com.au Environmental Biotechnology CRC.]
* [http://www.rajeshkumar.tk Rajesh kumar,JRF-DRDO,Dept of Environmental Biotechnology, School of Environmental Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India.]
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