Bacterial Degradation of Crude Oil and Oil Components in Pure and Mixed Culture Systems
Since the eventual removal from land and water of spilled hydrocarbons depends upon microbial oxidation, any situation in which there is no oil degrading bacteria, no oxygen available for that oxidation, or too low a temperature for bacterial growth will result in the oil remaining virtually undegraded. It is already known that oil-degrading bacteria exist at low levels in most ecological habitats and that even in Arctic conditions microbial degradation occurs. The only possible limitation, other than time, could be available oxygen, that is, if we assume that the spilt oil does not contain or release compounds which are toxic to the bacterial population.
KeywordsPseudomonas Aeruginosa Mineral Salt Medium Bacterial Degradation Bacterial Type Pure Hydrocarbon
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