Author(s): Venkateswaran K, Hoaki T, Kato M, Maruyama T
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Abstract Sediment samples from Japanese coasts were screened for microorganisms able to degrade resin components of crude oil, and a mixed population that could degrade 35\% of 5000 ppm resin in 15 days was obtained. This population also metabolized 50\% of saturates and aromatics present in crude oil (5000 ppm) in 7 days. A Pseudomonas sp. isolated from the mixed population emulsified and degraded 30\% of resins. This strain also degraded saturates and aromatics (30\%) present in crude oil (5000 ppm). This is the first report describing organisms that are able to grow on the resin fraction of crude oil as a sole source of carbon and energy.
This article was published in Can J Microbiol
and referenced in Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology