Biodegradation of Oil Tank Bottom Sludge using Microbial Consortia

  title={Biodegradation of Oil Tank Bottom Sludge using Microbial Consortia},
  author={Jos{\'e} Luis R. Gallego and Mar{\'i}a Jes{\'u}s Garc{\'i}a-Mart{\'i}nez and Juan F. Llamas and Carmen Belloch and Ana I. Pel{\'a}ez and Jes{\'u}s Salinas S{\'a}nchez},
We present a rationale for the selection of a microbial consortia specifically adapted to degrade toxic components of oil refinery tank bottom sludge (OTBS). Sources such as polluted soils, petrochemical waste, sludge from refinery-wastewater plants, and others were used to obtain a collection of eight microorganisms, which were individually tested and characterized to analyze their degradative capabilities on different hydrocarbon families. After initial experiments using mixtures of these… CONTINUE READING