Degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons by facultative anaerobic bacteria under aerobic and anaerobic conditions Academic Article uri icon


  • Nitrate-reducing bacterial strains (Pseudomonas sp. BS2201, BS2203 and Brevibacillus sp. BS2202) isolated from petroleum-contaminated soil were capable of degrading petroleum hydrocarbons under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Under aerobic conditions (a 10-day experiment in liquid media) the strains degraded 20-25% of the total extractable material (TEM), including up to 90-95% of all alkanes analyzed (n-C10-C35). Under anaerobic conditions (a 50-day experiment) these organisms degraded 15-18% of the TEM, 20-25% of some alkanes, and 15-18% of selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The strains also degraded saturated hydrocarbons under anaerobic conditions in the absence of nitrates as electron acceptors. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Grishchenkov, V. G., Townsend, R. T., McDonald, T. J., Autenrieth, R. L., Bonner, J. S., & Boronin, A. M.

citation count

  • 119

complete list of authors

  • Grishchenkov, VG||Townsend, RT||McDonald, TJ||Autenrieth, RL||Bonner, JS||Boronin, AM

publication date

  • May 2000