Effects of petroleum hydrocarbons on plant litter microbiota in an arctic lake.

@article{McKinley1982EffectsOP,
  title={Effects of petroleum hydrocarbons on plant litter microbiota in an arctic lake.},
  author={Vicky L. McKinley and Thomas W. Federle and J. Robie Vestal},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={1982},
  volume={43 1},
  pages={129-35}
}
The effects of petroleum hydrocarbons on the microbial community associated with decomposing Carex leaf litter colonized in Toolik Lake, Alaska, were examined. Microbial metabolic activity, measured as the rate of acetate incorporation into lipid, did not vary significantly from controls over a 12-h period after exposure of colonized Carex litter to 3.0 ml of Prudhoe Bay crude oil, diesel fuel, or toluene per liter. ATP levels of the microbiota became elevated within 2 h after the exposure of… CONTINUE READING
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