Soil Treatment for contaminated areas
DEKKER BIOTECH has developed an improved soil treatment product that allows white-rot-fungi to establish in toxic environments (such as soil contaminated by hydrocarbons and related chemicals) and optimises a biodegradation process. Eco-active Biosoil combats land pollution caused by toxic chemicals emanating from industrial, military and farming activities. This method of soil bioremediation is called myco remediation (fungal bioremediation).
Effective & economical soil treatment product
With its own patented technology, Dekker Biotech produces the selected fungal strains prior to the manufacture of the fungal pellets. The fungus, or selection of fungi, is encapsulated in a pellet that provides optimum growth conditions for these fungi.
Smart biodegradation INITIATOR
Once introduced into the soil, the first phase in soil bioremediation is initiated, when the fungal pellet is activated and the growing mycelia propagate away from the original pellet in search of a new food source, while continuously releasing its ligninolytic enzymes to detoxify the new hostile environment. Soil treatment is now initiated and gaining strong momentum.
Pathogen-free soil treatment
During the second phase of bioremediation, the fungal by-products are further consumed by the indigenous micro-organisms and converted into harmless biomass and carbon dioxide.
Engineered to be ‘robust’
Due to the frail nature of any fungus bioremediation product, Dekker Biotech engineered the product to maintain viability during transport and application.
Bioremediation is an alternative approach where a biological organism is used for converting chemical pollutants (such as diesel, creosote, and pesticides) to less toxic or non-toxic compounds.
White rot fungi rely on a mechanism of biodegradation based on extracellular ligninolytic enzymes that are not substrate specific thereby allowing degradation of many toxic organo-pollutants that are structurally similar to lignin. These extracellular enzymes allow fungi access to toxic substances that are often not accessible by intracellular processes, the latter being utilised by most bacteria. The fungal enzymes catalyse
the degradation of toxic chemicals by using a non-specific free radical mechanism that often results in the opening of the aromatic ring structure allowing other more common organisms to mineralise these nontoxic by-products to CO2 and other benign compounds.