Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 3 No. 2

Bioremediation of Automobile Effluent Using Cyanobacterium

J. Kamaleswari, S. Murugesan¹ and V. Sivasubramanian²

¹PG and Research Department of Botany, Unit of Environmental Sciences and Algal Biotechnology, Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai - 30, India. ²PG and Research Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, RKM Vivekananda College, Chennai - 4, India.

Received on 12 January 2009 and accepted on 25 March 2009



Automobile wastewater is an important land and water pollutant that is becoming a major nuisance especially in the metropolitan cities and towns. Presence of oil and grease in the water is highly undesirable as it inhibits diffusion of oxygen and reaeration as they spread over the surface of water and it creates aesthetic problems. It is found that the amount of oil and grease in the sample tested showed well above the prescribed limits by (BIS, 1993). This wastewater is dumped into the drainage systems without any treatment. If the present scenario is going to be a continuous one, the consequences may be very hazardous. The present paper deals with the bioremediation of wastewater from automobile workshop using cyanobacteria.  Cyanobacteria can be employed in the bioremediation process for reducing automobile wastewater pollutants.  The results from the present investigation are encouraging and attempts will be made to take up this lab trial to field level.

Keywords : Bioremediation, Automobile Effluent, Cyanobacteria.