<em>Phragmitis australies</em> Growth and Tolerance to Crude Oil Contamination in Mangrove Swamp Soil | OMICS International | Abstract
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Research Article

Phragmitis australies Growth and Tolerance to Crude Oil Contamination in Mangrove Swamp Soil

Odokuma LO1 and Ubogu M2*
1Department of Microbiology, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
2Department of Biological Science, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
Corresponding Author : Ubogu M
Department of Biological Science
Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
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Received September 25, 2014; Accepted October 17, 2014; Published October 20, 2014
Citation: Odokuma LO, Ubogu M (2014) Phragmitis australies Growth and Tolerance to Crude Oil Contamination in Mangrove Swamp Soil. J Bioremed Biodeg 5:256. doi:10.4172/2155-6199.1000256
Copyright: © 2014 Odokuma LO, 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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The growth and tolerance of Phragmitis ausralies to 0, 1, 3 and 6% w/w crude oil contamination in mangrove swamp soil in the Niger Delta was investigated by stem propagation for 120 days period in a green house set-up. The plant recorded 100 % germination in all crude oil concentrations including control. Germination time was, 5.0, 5.3, 5.3 and 7.0 days for the various concentrations of crude oil respectively. While plant height decreased with increased concentrations of crude oil from 3% and above, increased concentrations did not show significant effects on the root length, leaf area and girth growth of plant (p<0.05). However, while there was no significant difference between 0 (control) and 3%, 1% produced an increase as against 6%, which produced a decrease in the fresh and dry weights of plant (p<0.05). The following hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria and fungi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Micrococcus luteus, Klebsiella sp. and , Aspergillus niger, A. flavus, Penicillium oxalicum , Mucor sp respectively, were isolated from the rhizosphere of Phragmitis ausralies with the highest crude oil contamination (6 % w/w) using Oil Mineral Salt Agar (OMSA). The total hydrocarbon utilizing bacterial and fungal counts were 7.1 × 106 ± 4.6 × 105 cfu/g (21.7%) and 4.5 × 105 ± 2.6 × 104 cfu/g (11.2%) respectively. Analysis of the baseline properties of soil sample for plant propagation indicate TPH level of 397.5 mg/kg, TOC, 0.06%, pH,5.05 and porosity, 32.0% . In this study, P. australies grew and survived in all concentrations of crude oil contaminated mangrove swamp soil with a high percentage population of hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria and fungi in its rhizosphere without any form of exogenous stimulation or augmentation, it is therefore a potential candidate for rhizoremediation.