Novobiom uses fungi and microorganisms for the remediation of contaminated industrial soils.

Benefits

  • Sustainable
  • Reduced chemical use

Applications

  • Industrial clean‑up
  • Contamination sites

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 12: Responsible Production & Consumption

  • Goal 15: Life on Land

Bioutilization

  • Fungi

The Challenge

The Global Bioremediation Market was valued at USD $105.7 Billion in 2019 and is forecasted to reach USD $334.70 Billion by 2027. Focusing on soil contamination in Europe, only 650,000 site have been identified as requiring remediation but only 15% have been treated so far. Soil contamination addressable via mycoremediation represents about 64% of all the contamination occurrences.

Innovation Details

Novobiom is tapping nature’s most powerful recyclers, fungi and microorganisms, for use in brownfields, Superfund sites, and other contaminated industrial land. By selecting for naturally occurring fungi that target specific contaminants such as oil or heavy metals, they perform mycoremediation on site, without the need for hauling away soil to a central treatment facility. Novobiom has the potential to revitalize millions of contaminated sites around the world by naturally decomposing harmful toxins through this systems-level biomimetic approach.

 

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Watch how Novobiom developed an environmental remediation process inspired by healthy living soil ecosystems.

Biomimicry Story

All living things contain enzymes, s that help other molecules react with each other by juxtaposing them in just the right way. As organisms that specializing in decomposing things, fungi have a particularly impressive array of enzymes at their service. Many of these break down fungus food such as plant parts. Some, it turns out, are also incidentally very good at breaking down pollutants that humans introduce into the environment. The reactions they can turn harmful chemicals into harmless substances such as carbohydrates, water, and oxygen.

Ray of Hope Prize

The Ray of Hope Prize® celebrates nature-inspired solutions addressing the world’s biggest environmental and sustainability challenges. Created in honor of Ray C. Anderson, founder of Interface, Inc. and a business and sustainability leader, the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize helps startups cross a critical threshold in becoming viable businesses by amplifying their stories and providing them with equity-free funding. The prize shines a light on the innovative, nature-inspired solutions that we need to build a sustainable and resilient world. Novobiom was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Ray of Hope Prize.