Prevent Off-Gassing of Volitile Organic Chemicals (VOCs)
The thought process behind bioremediation is very simple and has been a quickly growing field since the late 1980's. All synthetic chemicals are modeled on a natural product in one form or another. Microorganisms are known to break down any natural substance. Bioremediation seeks to introduce microbes of a certain genus that are known to break down the natural substance and hope that it will break down the synthetic substance. Because the synthetic substances are usually toxic, a tremendous amount of the microorganisms are needed to surpass a threshold. Once the microbes can establish large populations, they can work on breaking down the substance.
Studies have been done using individual strains of microbes for bioremediation. Several of these studies have been done by the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy on the use of photosynthetic bacteria and their ability to break down substances such as benzene and perchlorates.
Science likes to isolate events so it can understand how one substance works. However, by doing this they often miss the synergistic effects that could have taken place with complex cultures of microorganisms. EM•1® works as a complex network of beneficial microorganisms. More often than not, EM•1® becomes a food source for the group of microbes that do the actual job. Without the EM•1® present, the indigenous biologicals may not have been able to accomplish the task themselves. The fact that EM•1® microbes co-exist with indigenous microbes is one reason why EM•1® has many varied uses.