Anacletus FC, Nwauche KT* and Ighorodje-Monago CC
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Rivers State, Nigeria
Received Date: March 10, 2017 Accepted Date: March 20, 2017 Published Date: April 01, 2017
Citation: Anacletus FC, Nwauche KT, Ighorodje-Monago CC (2017) Mineral and Heavy Metal Composition of Crude Oil Polluted Soil Amended with Non-Ionic Surfactant (Triton X-100) and White Rot Fungus (Pleurotus ostratus). J Environ Anal Toxicol 7: 449. doi: 10.4172/2161-0525.1000449
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The ability of the macro-fungus, Pleurotus ostreatus and non-ionic surfactant (Triton X-100) to degrade crude oil in crude oil polluted soil was investigated with a view to ascertain their efficacy in reducing the toxicity of polluted ecosystem. Crude oil polluted soil samples (2000 g) contained in polypropylene bags (20 cm diameter x 20 cm height) were inoculated with P. ostreatus mycelium and triton x-100 and incubated at 28 to 30°C for 60 days. Crude oil polluted soil samples were analyzed before inoculation and incubation and they served as the control. In all the heavy metals quantified (Pb, Cu, Mn, Cd and Ni), there is a significant difference at P ≤ 0.05 when all the amended cells (B to D) are compared with the control cell (A). For Pb, the concentration of all the cells amended significantly reduced with cells C (PSS+Triton x-100) having the lowest concentration of 1.52 ± 0.02 when compared with the control cell (11.31 ± 0.15). For Cu, Cd and Ni, all the amended cells were seen to be reduced in their concentrations when compared with the concentration of the control sample. For Mn, the concentrations of the amended cells were seen to be high when compared with the concentration of the control sample. For all the mineral elements analyzed (Ca, Mg, Na and K), there is a significant difference at P ≤ 0.05 when all the amended cells (B to D) are compared with the control cell (A). For Ca, there was a significant difference (P ≤ 0.05) when cell A is compared with other cells. Highest reduction in Ca level was seen in cell D (PSS+Pleurotus ostreatus+Triton X-100) with the value of 88.28 ± 2.72. For Mg, all the amended cells were seen to have a significant increase in their values when compared with the control sample (271.15 ± 0.45). For Na and K, only cell B had the highest value of 90.18 ± 0.73 for Na and 371.54 ± 2.26 for K. Cell C was observed to be slightly reduced for Na while cell C and D were also seen to be reduced for K. These results showed that white rot fungus (P. ostreatus) and triton x-100 were able to degrade the polluting oil and as such may be suitable for remediating crude oil polluted soil.
Surfactants; Triton x-100; Pleurotus ostreatus; Pollution and heavy metals
The soil is an essential beneficiary by configuration or mischance of a horde of waste products and chemicals utilized as a part of present day society. Contamination created by petroleum and its subsidiaries is the most pervasive issue in nature. Since business investigation of petroleum began in Nigeria in 1958 , petroleum has consistently become pillar of the Nigerian economy. Be that as it may, the investigation of petroleum has prompted the contamination of area and conduits.
The nearness of oil and refined petroleum items in the soil can prompt harmful consequences for plants and soil microorganisms and goes about as a wellspring of ground water sullying . Petroleum hydrocarbon tainting of soil happens through extraction, mischances, pipeline, delights, utilization and refining . The majority of the raw petroleum stores and oil refineries in Nigeria are situated in territories with agrarian exercises and urban zones in the Niger Delta. It is thought by reports, that a normal riverine tenant of the Niger Delta is presented to polluted air, contaminated water and dirtied nourishment, henceforth confronting wellbeing risk coming about to diminished future . Thus, the remediation of soil affected by oil generation and transport is of significance considering ecological issues as well as for the conservation of agrarian efficiency and human wellbeing. Chemical and physical techniques connected with remediation of petroleum-defiled soils, for example, warm treatment, soil washing, hardening and adjustment are costly, problematic to the earth and include high-vitality utilization. In this way, regular remediation strategies have been produced to give all the more naturally friendly and financially savvy cleanup of locales affected by petroleum spills .
The exploration of petroleum products has rendered agrarian terrains less profitable  and the streams and the amphibian lives have turned out to be pretty much dead . The Niger Delta locale of Nigeria has encountered a few common unrests because of natural corruption from oil investigation , in this manner the arrival of raw petroleum into the earth by oil slick is accepting overall consideration.
Different authors Odu et al. [9-13] have reported that the impact of oil spillage on greenery changes relying upon the sum and kind of hydrocarbon involved, the affectability of the species and the topology of the area. Oil spillage could likewise present metals, for example, copper, zinc and lead into the earth which may be dangerous to plants and harm soil biological systems. The main real oil slick that got a lot of open consideration was in 1967 and is prevalently alluded to as the Torrey Canyon oil slick in the English Channel. After the tanker ran on solid land, it discharged around 30 000 tons of oil and was left for six weeks before any composed reaction by the authorities concerned, by which time she had released all the oil into the water . A spill of such size was extraordinary thus there was insufficient time to react. The principal dread about the oil discharge needed to do with the style of the shorelines despite the fact that it influenced marine life too.
Collection of soil sample
The crude oil polluted soil samples used for this experiment were collected from an oil spill site at Ibuocha community, location 1, Ogba/ Egbema/Ndoni L.G.A., Rivers State.
Preparation of culture medium
The fungus P. ostreatus used for this study was obtained from the Mycology unit in the Department of Plant Science and biotechnology, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Rivers State. The culture was subcultured in malt extract agar to get pure growing culture.
Malt Extract Agar (MEA) was prepared by dissolving 20 g of agar powder and 20 g of malt extract broth in 1000 ml of distilled water. The mixture was autoclaved at 121°C for 15 min. On cooling to 45°C, the medium was dispensed into 9 cm Petri dishes to gel.
Spawn was prepared following a modified method described by Senyah et al. . The guinea corn (Sorghum bicolor) grains used were thoroughly washed with tap water and soaked overnight. They were dispensed into spawn bottles and autoclaved at 121°C for 1 h each day for three consecutive days. On cooling, the grains in each bottle were inoculated with four 9 mm mycelia discs taken from a 4-day-old agar culture of P. ostreatus and incubated at 28 ± 2°C for 14 days in darkness.
Fungal and surfactant inoculation
A modified method of Baldrian et al.  was employed. 2000 g aliquots of crude oil polluted soil were weighed into polypropylene bags (20 cm diameter × 30 cm high). Each bag was inoculated with 7 g of spawn of the test fungus and 3 ml of triton x-100 and were subsequently tied with masking tape. All the bags were incubated at 28 ± 2°C for 60 days. Completely randomized design was used in the experiment.
Determination of exchangeable Ca, Mg and Mg in soil (Black) 
Determination of Ca, Na, K and Mg: this was carried out using atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS). 30 ml of 1N NH4OAC (Ammonium Acetate) solution was added to 5 g of oven dried sample soil and shaken for 15 minutes. The supernatant was decanted into 1000 ml flask. The process above was repeated thrice and the extract solution (i.e., supernatant) was made up to 100 ml by NH4O AC solution. From the solution K, Na, Mg and Ca values were determined using atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS).
Determination of heavy metals (US EPA) 
Five grams of air-dried, 2 mm sieved soil sample was weighed into a 100 ml beaker and 2 ml of HNO3 and 6 ml of HCl were added into the beaker in the ratio of 1:3. The mixture was digested by heating on a heating mantle to obtain a near-dryness mixture. The digested sample was filtered using distilled water through a filter paper (Whatman No. 42, 150 mm in diameter) into a 50 ml volumetric flask. Distilled water was added to make up to 50 ml mark digested filtrate in the volumetric flask. The digested soil sample was presented to the atomic absorption spectrophotometer and the concentrations of the selected heavy metals were ascertained. The atomic absorption spectrophotometer was calibrated using standard solutions (solutions of known concentration) for each of the selected metals.
Statistical analysis of data
Experimental data collected were analyzed for statistical differences by means of one-way ANOVA and post hoc LSD, on SPSS 20 to ascertain the level of significant difference between the control and the inoculated samples. In all, p<0.05 was considered significant. Data are presented as mean ± S.D (standard deviation).
Each value is a mean of three replicates expressed as mean ± S.D. Values in the same column with common superscript letters (a, b, …) are significantly different at p ≤ 0.05 when compared with the contaminated soil sample (Table 1).
|Cell||Treatment||Ca (mg/kg)||Mg (mg/kg)||Na (mg/kg)||K (mg/kg)|
|A||Crude oil impacted soil sample (CISS)||291.30 ± 1.06a||271.15 ± 0.45a||44.53 ± 0.45a||315.83 ± 1.43a|
|B||CISS+Pleurotus ostreatus||99.32 ± 0.82a||299.87 ± 1.42a||90.18 ± 0.73a||371.54 ± 2.26a|
|C||CISS+Triton x-100||260.18 ± 0.96a||327.10 ± 0.78a||42.37 ± 0.66a||277.32 ± 2.59a|
|D||CISS+Pleurotus ostreatus+Triton x-100||88.28 ± 2.72a||299.32 ± 0.71a||60.44 ± 0.78a||359.59 ± 1.42a|
Table 1: Effect of amendments on selected soil mineral elements.
Each value is a mean of three replicates expressed as mean ± S.D. Values in the same column with common superscript letters (a, b, …) are significantly different at p ≤ 0.05 when compared with the contaminated soil sample (Table 2).
|Cell||Treatment||Pb (mg/kg)||Cu (mg/kg)||Mn (mg/kg)||Cd (mg/kg)||Ni (mg/kg)|
|A||Crude oil Impacted soil sample (CISS)||11.31 ± 0.15a||5.81 ± 0.02a||52.07 ± 0.24a||0.79 ± 0.04a||2.89 ± 0.03a|
|B||CISS+Pleurotus ostreatus||5.56 ± 4.47a||4.17 ± 0.02a||55.29 ± 0.34a||0.19 ± 0.00a||1.82 ± 0.06a|
|C||CISS+Triton x-100||1.52 ± 0.02a||3.32 ± 0.01a||56.51 ± 0.36a||BDLa||1.16 ± 0.02a|
|D||CISS+Pleurotus ostreatus+Triton x-100||6.34 ± 0.03a||3.16 ± 0.01a||81.68 ± 1.03a||BDLa||1.11 ± 0.03a|
Table 2: Effect of amendments on Soil Heavy Metals.
Tables 1 and 2 shows the mean Pb, Cu, Mn, Cd and Ni concentrations and mean Ca, Mg, Na and K concentrations of crude oil polluted soil sample and the polluted soil samples amended/inoculated with white rot fungus (Pleurotus ostreatus) and non-ionic surfactant (Triton-x-100). For all the mineral elements and heavy metals analyzed, there is a significant difference at p ≤ 0.05 when all the amended cells (B to D) are compared with the control cell (A).
For Pb, the concentration of all the cells amended significantly decreased with cells C (CISS+Triton x-100) having the lowest concentration of 1.52 ± 0.02 when compared with the control cell (11.31 ± 0.15). For Cu, Cd and Ni, all the amended cells were seen to be reduced in their concentrations when compared with the concentration of the control sample. For Mn, the concentrations of the amended cells were seen to be high when compared with the concentration of the control sample.
The effect of the amendments on the mineral elements shows that the Mg level increased significantly when the amended cells are compared with the control cell. Na and K levels was also observed to have increased significantly across the column except for cell C (CISS+Triton x-100) that had a slight decrease when compared with the control cell. This observation is attributed to the fact that crude oil pollution adversely affects the soil ecosystem through adsorption to soil particles and provision of an excess carbon that might be unavailable for microbial use.
Heavy metal content at the end of the investigation were significantly decreased in all the amended cells when compared to the untreated cell. However, manganese values were observed to be slightly higher in all the amended cells when compared with the control cell. The significant reduction observed in the heavy metal content especially for cells B and D is an indication that P. ostreatus has accumulated the heavy metals present in the soil. This may be due to the fact that the salts of these metals are soluble and are eventually assimilated by microbes. Siegel et al. and Kalac et al. [19,20] reported that fungi have ability to accumulate metals from the environment and have also found relevance in the treatment of heavy metals. The effect of the surfactant used (triton x-100) when compared with amendment materials was observed to have efficiently and significantly cleaned up the soil and provided a suitable condition for microbial growth during the experiment which stimulated the reduction of the heavy metal content of the polluted soil at the low concentration applied. Efroymson et al. [21,22] reports indicated that addition of Triton x-100 at a concentration greater than its CMC (critical micelle concentration) inhibited adhesion of bacteria to solid surface, which in turn prevented the degradation of both hexadecane and naphthalene.