Siderophores and Their Applications in Heavy Metal Detoxification

K. Thakur, H. Pandey, I. Sharma, V. K. Dhiman, D. Pandey

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Heavy metals, being noxious in nature, enter the food chain and result in toxicity of plants and animals. With the expansion of industries, the pollution of these toxic metals is increasing at a very fast pace. The removal of these heavy metals by natural means is the need of the hour. The toxication of soil by these metals can be removed through phytoremediation, mycoremediation, and microbial remediation. One such way of microbial remediation includes application of siderophores, which are synthesized naturally by microbes and are helpful in forming complexes with heavy metals. Siderophores have been used mostly for clinical studies but have the potential to play a critical role in the cleaning of the environment. This chapter provides insight into the importance of siderophores in heavy metal detoxification and the cleaning of the environment by natural means.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlant-Microbial Interactions and Smart Agricultural Biotechnology
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781000453737
ISBN (Print)9781032100418
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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