Enzymatic Role in the Degradation of E-waste Pollution

  • Ankita Srivastava
  • Sukriti Jaiswal
  • Niharika Chandra
  • Sunil KumarEmail author
Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 57)


E-waste pollution due to heavy metals has got worldwide attention. The undesirable persistent property of heavy metals poses a serious threat to the environment as well as plants and animals. It may also lead to several diseases in humans. It has a wide range of scope to stress on cost-effectiveness, suitability, and sustainability of the techniques, which mitigate the effect of change in environment. Contamination of food products also influences anthropogenic change on the environment and exploration of the above prospects. Bioremediation could be the cleaner, safer, cost-effective, and environment-friendly tool for decontamination of a wide range of pollutants. Various biological agents like bacteria, yeast, fungi, algae, and higher plants are used in bioremediation as main tools in treating oil spills and heavy metals pollution. In order to regulate increasing pollution and environmental problems, an endless search for new biological agents is still required. Microorganisms have wide capacity of regulating pollution, but the exact mechanisms are still unknown. Therefore, it is indeed required to review available options to control environmental pollution. The role of enzymes in this way is one of the most recent technology for the management of e-waste.


Electronic waste Phytoremediation Toxic metals Recycling Microbial remediation 



Authors thank Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India, and National Institute of Technology, Raipur (CG), India, for continuous support and assistance during the course of research work and scientific writing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ankita Srivastava
    • 1
  • Sukriti Jaiswal
    • 2
  • Niharika Chandra
    • 2
  • Sunil Kumar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Bio-Sciences, Institute of Bio-Sciences and TechnologyShri Ramswaroop Memorial UniversityBarabankiIndia
  2. 2.Faculty of Biotechnology, Institute of Bio-Sciences and TechnologyShri Ramswaroop Memorial UniversityBarabankiIndia

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