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Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation
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Research Article

Biodegradation of Crude Oil by Fungi Isolated from Gulf of Mexico

Hussein Al-Nasrawi*
Fulbright visiting scholar, Florida state university, USA
Corresponding Author : Dr. Hussein Al-Nasrawi
Post doctoral fellow, Fulbright visiting scholar
Florida state university, USA
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
Received April 06, 2012; Accepted April 20, 2012; Published April 22, 2012
Citation: Al-Nasrawi H (2012) Biodegradation of Crude Oil by Fungi Isolated from Gulf of Mexico. J Bioremed Biodegrad 3:147. doi: 10.4172/2155-6199.1000147
Copyright: © 2012 Al-Nasrawi H, et al. This is an open-a ccess 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.
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In the present study, sand samples contaminated with oil spill were collected from Pensacola beach (Gulf of Mexico) and tested to isolates fungal diversity associated with beach sands and investigates the ability of isolated fungi for crude oil biodegradation. From sixteen fungal strains, four strains were confirmed for biodegradation ability of crude oil, the isolated fungi belongs to Aspergillus niger with higher activity followed by Penicillium documbens , Cochliobolus lutanus and Fusarium solani . Aspergillus niger recorded the highest weight loss of 8.6%, Penicillium documbens (7.9 %) and Cochliobolus lutanus (4.7%) whereas the lowest weight loss was demonstrated by Fusarium solani strain 421502 (1.9%)