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Research Article

Bioconversion of Heavy Hydrocarbon Cuts Containing High Amounts of Resins by Microbial Consortia

Ghollami M1*, Roayaei M1, Ghavipanjeh F2 and Rasekh B3
1Biology Department, Shahid Chamran University, Ahwaz, Iran
2Environment Group, Energy Department, Materials and Energy Research Center , Alborz, Iran
3Microbiology and Biotechnology Group, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, Tehran, Iran
Corresponding Author : Mahboobeh Ghollami
Biology Department
Shahid Chamran University
Ahwaz, Iran
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Received March 16, 2013; Accepted April 19, 2013; Published April 26, 2013
Citation: Ghollami M, Roayaei M, Ghavipanjeh F, Rasekh B (2013) Bioconversion of Heavy Hydrocarbon Cuts Containing High Amounts of Resins by Microbial Consortia. J Phylogenetics Evol Biol 4:139. doi:10.4172/2157-7463.1000139
Copyright: © 2013 Ghollami M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Microbial conversion of petroleum resins existing in a heavy fraction of crude oil was investigated by native isolated consortia. The heavy oil fraction was taken from an end cut of distillation tower of Abadan refinery in Iran. Several Soil samples were taken from different oil contaminated sites of Abadan oil refinery in Khuzestan province. Seven bacterial consortia were then prepared by enrichment method and were examined for their ability to convert resins. Amongst them, consortium AB6 reduced 37.3% of resins while, aliphatic and aromatic compounds increased by 86.8% and 6.7%, respectively. Three pure cultures were isolated from consortium AB6 which were identified as Serratia sp., Raoultella sp. and Ochrobactrum sp.

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