SAMPLING DEVICE FOR MONITORING BIODEGRADATION OF OIL AND OTHER POLLUTANTS IN AQUATIC ENVIRONMENTS

An inexpensive, easy to assemble, and simple to use sampling device was designed and constructed to study the fate of oil in the aquatic environment. Results of a field study showed that 97% of a crude oil placed in the sampling chamber was removed after in situ incubation for 4 wk during which the water temperature was 30 degrees C plus or minus 2 degrees C. Decrease of the oil was accompanied by an increase in the total aerobic, heterotrophic microbial population. A proportional increase in petroleum-degrading and lipolytic bacteria was noted and was accompanied by a decrease in the amylolytic bacterial population. Bacteria play a significant role in the biodegradation of oil in the natural environment.

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    American Chemical Society

    1155 16th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036
  • Authors:
    • Walker, J D
    • Colwell, R R
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

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  • Accession Number: 00157253
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: ONR N00014-75-C-0340
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1977 12:00AM