Two general types of interaction between microorganisms and hydrocarbons have been postulated: (A) adherence of cells directly to large oil droplets and (B) release of extracellular surfactants or emulsifiers that greatly increase the hydrocarbon:aqueous interfacial area. It was demonstrated that adherence is a prerequisite for growth on hexadecane under two conditions: low initial cell density and limited emulsification of the substrate. Such conditions prevail in most natural environments.
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - 1983|