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Metribuzin (MB) is a triazinone herbicide used for the eradication of weeds in agriculture. Presence of its residues in agricultural soil can potentially harm the establishment of subsequent crops and structure of soil microbial populations. In this study, remediation potential of an MB degrading bacterial consortium MB3R immobilized on biochar was evaluated in potato vegetated soil. In potato vegetated soil augmented with MB3R alone and MB3R immobilized on biochar, 82 and 96% MB degradation was recorded respectively as compared to only 29.3% in un-augmented soil. Kinetic parameters revealed that MB3R immobilized biochar is highly proficient as indicated by significant increase in the rate of biodegradation and decrease in half-life of MB. Enhanced plant growth was observed when augmented with bacterial consortium either alone or immobilized on biochar. Presence of herbicide negatively affected the soil bacterial community structure. However, MB3R immobilized on biochar proved to be helpful for restoration of soil bacterial community structure affected by MB. This is the very first report that reveals improved remediation of contaminated soil and restoration of soil bacterial populations by use of the MB degrading bacterial consortium immobilized on biochar. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Abdul Qadeer Wahla, Samina Anwar, Jochen A Mueller, Muhammad Arslan, Samina Iqbal. Immobilization of metribuzin degrading bacterial consortium MB3R on biochar enhances bioremediation of potato vegetated soil and restores bacterial community structure. Journal of hazardous materials. 2020 May 15;390:121493

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