World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 691–692

Biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soil around Mathura oil refinery, India

  • Authors
  • B. T. Ashok
  • S. Saxena
  • K. P. Singh
  • J. Musarrat
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/BF00361021

Cite this article as:
Ashok, B.T., Saxena, S., Singh, K.P. et al. World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology (1995) 11: 691. doi:10.1007/BF00361021


Six polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons [naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, pyrene, chrysene and benzo(a)-pyrene] were detected in soil receiving effluents from an oil refinery. Biodegradation studies revealed a time-dependent disappearance of these polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons when they were added to soil samples: naphthalene disappeared completely in 60 days, whereas phenanthrene, anthracene, pyrene, chrysene and benzo(a)pyrene decreased by 87%, 34%, 21%, 5% and 40%, respectively, in 120 days.

Key words

Biodegradationpolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbonssoil

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