Author(s): Borzenkov IA, Milekhina EI, Gotoeva MT, Rozanova EP, Beliaev SS
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Abstract Eleven strains of hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria, isolated from oilfields, representing the genera Rhodococcus, Gordonia, Dietzia, and Pseudomonas, were characterized as mesophiles and neutrophiles. Rhodococci were halotolerant microorganisms growing in a media containing up to 15\% NaCl. All the strains oxidized n-alkanes of crude oil. An influence of the cultivation temperatures (28 or 45 degrees C) and organic supplements on the degradation of C12-C30 n-alkanes in oxidized oil by two bacterial strains of the genus Pseudomonas was shown. The introduction of acetate, propionate, butyrate, ethanol, and sucrose led mainly to the decreased oxidation of petroleum paraffins. At certain cultivation temperatures, the addition of volatile fatty acid salts increased the content of individual n-alkanes in oxidized vs. crude oil.
This article was published in Mikrobiologiia
and referenced in Journal of Physical Chemistry & Biophysics