Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp 567–572 | Cite as

Microbial degradation of crude oil in sea water in continuous culture

  • J. C. Bertrand
  • E. Rambeloarisoa
  • J. F. Rontani
  • G. Giusti
  • G. Mattei


The degradation of crude oil in continuous culture of a mixed bacteria population has been studied. The degradation percentage reaches 83 % with a 0.05 h-1 dilution rate and a 6 g 1-1 crude oil concentration. The different crude oil compounds : saturated, aromatic, polar hydrocarbons and asphaltenes are degraded at 97 %, 81 %, 52 % and 74 % respectively.


Hydrocarbon Microbial Degradation Dilution Rate Continuous Culture Degradation Percentage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Bertrand
    • 2
  • E. Rambeloarisoa
    • 2
  • J. F. Rontani
    • 1
  • G. Giusti
    • 2
  • G. Mattei
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire Chimie PhysiqueUniversitd Aix-Marseille IIIMarseille Cedex 9
  2. 2.Centre d'Océanologie de Marseitte U.R.A.41Faqulté des Sciences de LuminyMarseille Cedex 9

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