Biotreatment of petroleum contamination in open systems

Eugene Rosenberg*, Rachel Legmann, Eliora Z. Ron, W. Michael Griffin, A. Thomas Merski

*Corresponding author for this work

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A new technology overcomes one of the major problems in applying biological based methods to oil spills in open systems, supplying nutrients in a form that remains associated with the oil for significant periods. The technology, System ET 20, uses specific bacterial strains that adhere to hydrocarbons and a unique oleophilic, controlled-release nitrogen and phosphorous source. Tests using crude oil indicate that System ET 20 can significantly degrade the aliphatic and aromatic fractions of crude oil. There is also some indication of significant attack on the polar components of the oil. although this fraction is difficult to monitor analytically.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005 - Miami Beach, FL, United States
Duration: 15 May 200519 May 2005


Conference2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami Beach, FL


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