The Role of Aerobic Microorganisms in the Biodegradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons Laboratory Contaminated GroundwaterOwhonka A* and Gideon OA
Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, P.M.B.5323, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
- *Corresponding Author:
- Owhonka A
Department of Microbiology
Faculty of Biological Sciences
School of Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 15, 2015; Accepted date: November 13, 2015; Published date: November 18, 2015
Citation: Owhonka A, Gideon OA (2015) The Role of Aerobic Microorganisms in the Biodegradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons Laboratory Contaminated Groundwater. Fermentol Techno 4:122. doi: 10.4172/2167-7972.1000122
Copyright: © 2015 Owhonka A, 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.
The total hydrocarbon content removal in nutrient amendment and natural attenuation at day 56 showed percentage removal of 89 and 74, respectively. Total heterotrophic and total hydrocarbon utilizing bacterial count increased progressively in all the treatment options. The nutrient amendment showed greater removal of the hydrocarbon pollutants. The physicochemical analyses at day 56 were within the World Health Organization standard for drinking water.