Actinobacteria: An eco-friendly and promising technology for the bioaugmentation of contaminants

Christina Injan Mawang, Adzzie Shazleen Azman, Aalina Sakiinah Mohd Fuad, Mariana Ahamad

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Over the past two decades, various eco-friendly approaches utilizing microbial species to clean up contaminated environments have surfaced. In this aspect, actinobacteria have demonstrated their potential in contaminant degradation. The members of actinobacteria phylum exhibits a cosmopolitan distribution, which means that they can be found widely in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Actinobacteria play important ecological roles in the environment, such as degrading complex polymers, recycling compounds, and producing bioactive molecules. Hence, using actinobacteria to clean up contaminants is an attractive method in the field of biotechnology. This can be achieved through the green technology of bioaugmentation, whereby the degradative capacity of contaminated areas can be greatly improved through the introduction of specific microorganisms. This review describes actinobacteria as an eco-friendly and a promising technology for the bioaugmentation of contaminants, with focus on pesticides and heavy metals.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00679
Number of pages10
JournalBiotechnology Reports
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Actinobacteria
  • Bioaugmentation
  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides

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