Bacterial biodegradation of aliphatic sulfides under aerobic carbon- or sulfur-limited growth conditions.

@article{Kirkwood2005BacterialBO,
  title={Bacterial biodegradation of aliphatic sulfides under aerobic carbon- or sulfur-limited growth conditions.},
  author={Kathlyn M. Kirkwood and Sara Ebert and Julia M. Foght and Phillip M. Fedorak and Murray Ross Gray},
  journal={Journal of applied microbiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={99 6},
  pages={
          1444-54
        }
}
AIMS To isolate bacteria capable of cleaving aliphatic carbon-sulfur bonds as potential biological upgrading catalysts for the reduction of molecular weight and viscosity in heavy crude oil. METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-one bacterial strains isolated from enrichment cultures were able to biotransform model compounds representing the aliphatic sulfide bridges found in asphaltenes. Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, three types of attack were identified: alkyl chain degradation… CONTINUE READING
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