MICROBIAL DEGRADATION OF OIL SPILLS ENHANCED BY A SLOW RELEASE FERTILIZER

TitleMICROBIAL DEGRADATION OF OIL SPILLS ENHANCED BY A SLOW RELEASE FERTILIZER
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1976
AuthorsOlivieri R, Bacchin P, Robertiello A, Oddo N, Degen L, Tonolo A
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume31
Pagination629-634
ISBN Number0099-2240
Accession NumberBIOSIS:PREV197662036795
KeywordsOil and Gas Degradation
AbstractThe improved cleanup of marine oil spills by stimulating biodegradation through the use of a slow-release fertilizer is reported. A paraffin-supported fertilizer containing MgNH4PO4 as active ingredient was developed and evaluated in laboratory and field experiments using quantitative IR spectrometry and chromatographic techniques. The biodegradation of Sarir crude oil in the sea [hydrocarbon oxidizing bacteria, microorganisms] was considerably enhanced by paraffin-supported fertilizer. After 21 days, 63% had disappeared, as compared to 40% in the control area.