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Environmental safety and biosafety in construction biotechnology

  • Volodymyr IvanovEmail author
  • Viktor Stabnikov
  • Olena Stabnikova
  • Satoru Kawasaki
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Abstract

The topics of Construction Biotechnology are the development of construction biomaterials and construction biotechnologies for soil biocementation, biogrouting, biodesaturation, bioaggregation and biocoating. There are known different biochemical types of these biotechnologies. The most popular construction biotechnology is based on precipitation of calcium carbonate initiated by enzymatic hydrolysis of urea which follows with release of ammonia and ammonium to environment. This review focuses on the hazards and remedies for construction biotechnologies and on the novel environmentally friendly biotechnologies based on precipitation of hydroxyapatite, decay of calcium bicarbonate, and aerobic oxidation of calcium salts of organic acids. The use of enzymes or not living bacteria are the best options to ensure biosafety of construction biotechnologies. Only environmentally safe construction biotechnologies should be used for such environmental and geotechnical engineering works as control of the seepage in dams, channels, landfills or tunnels, sealing of the channels and the ponds, prevention of soil erosion and soil dust emission, mitigation of soil liquefaction, and immobilization of soil pollutants.

Keywords

Construction biotechnology Environmental safety Biosafety Biogrout Biocement Soil stabilization Urease-producing bacteria Calcium phosphate Calcium bicarbonate 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This analysis of environmental safety and biosafety of bioclogging and biocementation processes was partially supported by the Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, and the Advanced Research Lab and the Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, National University of Food Technologies, Kyiv, Ukraine.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, and Advanced Research LabNational University of Food TechnologiesKyivUkraine
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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