Can microbial mineralization be used to estimate microbial availability of organic contaminants in soil?

@article{Semple2006CanMM,
  title={Can microbial mineralization be used to estimate microbial availability of organic contaminants in soil?},
  author={Kirk T Semple and Nadia M. Dew and Kieron J. Doick and Angela H. Rhodes},
  journal={Environmental pollution},
  year={2006},
  volume={140 1},
  pages={
          164-72
        }
}
The aim of this study was to characterize the behaviour of a PAH-degrading bacterium to determine whether mineralization plateaus as a result of substrate removal, a decrease in microbial activity or nutrient availability in sterile soils over time. To investigate this, the mineralization of 14C-phenanthrene was measured until it plateaued; subsequently, additional 14C-phenanthrene, catabolic inocula or nutrients were introduced and mineralization was measured for a further 10 d. Cell numbers… CONTINUE READING
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