Petroleum Pollution Bioremediation Using Water-Insoluble Uric Acid as the Nitrogen Source

Omry Koren, Vishnia Knezevic, Eliora Z. Ron, Eugene Rosenberg

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Abstract

The biodegradation of hydrocarbon pollutants in open systems is limited by the availability of a utilizable nitrogen source. This limitation can be overcome by using uric acid. Enrichment cultures grown on crude oil-uric acid media yielded mixed and pure cultures that degraded petroleum. In a simulated open system, uric acid bound to crude oil and was available for bacterial growth and petroleum biodegradation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6337-6339
Number of pages3
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume69
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2003

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