Professor of Soil Biochemistry and Director of the Center
for Bioremediation and Detoxification
||129 Land & Water Research Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
||CE596 Bioremediation Fundamentals
Most of my research is focused on interactions of
microorganisms and pollutants. We are interested in determining the fate
of pesticides and other xenobiotics in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
We are studying the possible removal of pollutants by influencing their
biodegradation or by provoking their complexation to humic material. Other
topics of our research are concerned with the use of plant materials for
bioremediating contaminated aquatic and terrestrial environments and with
the study of the metabolism of imidazolinone herbicides.
Microbial transformation of pesticides and other xenobiotics
(particularly heterocyclic aromatic compounds, phenols, anilines)
Incorporation of pollutants into soil organic matter
as a detoxification method
Application of enzymes for pollution control
Transformation of heterocyclic compounds under anaerobic
Use of plant material for decontamination of polluted
University of Basel (Switzerland); Ph.D., 1959
Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel); Post-Doctoral,
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Post-Doctoral,
Graduate Research Assistant, Botanical Institute, University
of Basel (Switzerland),1956-1959
Teaching Assistant, Swiss Tropical Institute (Basel),
Research Associate (Julius Baer Fellowship), The Weizmann
Institute of Science (Rehovoth, Israel), 1963-1965
Research Associate, Cornell University, Department of
Agronomy, Sept. 1965-Aug. 1967
Visiting Scientist in Biochemistry Section of Agrochemicals,
CIBA- GEIGY (Basel, Switzerland), 1975-1976
Asst., Assoc., and Full Professor of Soil Biochemistry,
The Pennsylvania State University, Sept. 1967-present
Joint appointment: Department of Agronomy, Interdisciplinary
Program in Ecology, Environmental Pollution Control Program, and Environmental
Resources Research Institute
Director of the Center for Bioremediation and Detoxification,
Editorial Board, Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Advisory Editorial Board, Journal of Agricultural
and Food Chemistry (1982-1985)
Editorial Board, Biology and Fertility of Soils
Editorial Board, Journal of Environmental Science
and Health - Part B: Pesticides,Food Contaminants, and Agricultural
Wastes (since 1985)
Editor-at-Large on books in the field of soil biochemistry,
Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York (since 1986)
Co-Editor, Soil Biochemistry series, Marcel Dekker,
Inc., New York since 1987)
Advisory Board, Experientia (1989-1996)
Advisory Board, Biodegradation (since 1989)
Editorial Board, Soil Science (since 1996)
Associate Editor, European Journal of Soil Science
Editorial Board, International Journal of Environmental
Forensics (since 1998)
Julius-Baer Fellowship for research at the Weizmann
Institute for Science (1963-1965)
Visiting Scientist Award from CIBA-GEIGY, Basel, Switzerland
Badge of Merit from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture
American Society for Microbiology International Travel
Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award (1982)
Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America (1990)
Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (1992)
Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (1993)
Environmental Quality Research Award, American Society
of Agronomy (1995)
210 articles and reviews in peer-reviewed scientific
Huang, P.M. and J.-M. Bollag. 1998. Minerals-organics-microorganisms
interactions in the soil environment. In P.M. Huang, N. Senesi and J. Buffle
(eds.), "Structure and Surface Reactions of Soil Particles". IUPAC Series
on Analytical and Physical Chemistry of Environmental Systems. Volume 4.
John Wiley and sons. Chichester, England. pp. 3-39.
Jonas, U., E. Hammer, F. Schauer and J.-M. Bollag. 1998.
Transformation of 2-hydroxydibenzofuran by laccases of the white rot fungi
Trametes versicolor and Pycnoporus cinnabarinus and characterization of
oligomerization products. Biodegradation 8, 321-328.
Kim, J.-E., C.-J. Wang and J.-M. Bollag. 1998. Interaction
of reactive and inert chemicals in the presence of oxidoreductases: Reaction
of the herbicide bentazon and its metabolites with humic monomers. Biodegradation.
Feng, Y., R.D. Minard, and J.-M. Bollag. 1998. Photolytic
and microbial degradation of 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol. Environ. Toxicol.
Chem. 17, 814-819.
Bollag, J.-M., J. Dec, and P.M. Huang. 1997. Formation
mechanisms of complex organic structures in soil habitats. Adv. Agron.
Dec, J., K. Haider, A. Schäffer, E. Fernandes and
J.-M. Bollag. 1997. Use of a silylation procedure and 13C-NMR spectroscopy
to characterize bound and sequestered residues of cyprodinil in soil. Environ.
Sci. Technol. 31, 2991-2997.
Kim, J.-E., E. Fernandes and J.-M. Bollag. 1997. Enzymatic
coupling of the herbicide bentazon with humus monomers and characterization
of reaction products. Environ. Sci. Technol. 31, 2392-2398.
Dec, J. and J.-M. Bollag. 1997. Determination of covalent
and non-covalent binding interactions between xenobiotic chemicals and
soil. Soil Sci. 162, 858-874.
Feng, Y., K. D. Racke and J.-M. Bollag. 1997. Isolation
and characterization of a chlorinated-pyridinol-degrading bacterium. Appl.
Environ. Microbiol. 63, 4096-4098.
Dec, J., K. Haider, A. Benesi, V. Rangaswamy, A. Schäffer,
U. Plücken and J.-M. Bollag. 1997. Analysis of soil-bound residues
of the 13C -labeled fungicide cyprodinil by NMR spectroscopy. Environ.
Sci. Technol. 31, 1128-1135.
Dec, J., K. Haider, V. Rangaswamy, A. Schäffer,
E. Fernandes and J.-M. Bollag. 1997. Formation of soil-bound residues of
cyprodinil and their plant uptake. J. Agric. Food Chem. 45,514-520.
Feng, Y., K. D. Racke and J.-M. Bollag. 1997. Use of
immobilized bacteria to treat industrial wastewater containing a chlorinated
pyridinol. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 47, 73-77.
Gianfreda, L. and J.-M. Bollag. 1996. Influence of natural
and anthropogenic factors on enzyme activity in soil. In G. Stotzky and
J.-M. Bollag (eds.), Soil Biochemistry, Vol. 9. Marcel Dekker, NY. pp.
Roper, J.C., J. Dec and J,-M. Bollag. 1996. Using minced
horseradish roots for the treatment of polluted waters. J. Environ. Qual.
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