Microbial characterization and hydrocarbon biodegradation potential of natural bilge waste microflora

  title={Microbial characterization and hydrocarbon biodegradation potential of natural bilge waste microflora},
  author={Nelda Lila Olivera and Marta Graciela Commendatore and Osvaldo Daniel Delgado and Jos{\'e} Lu{\'i}s Soares Esteves},
  journal={Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology},
Shipping operations produce oily wastes that must be managed properly to avoid environmental pollution. The aim of this study was to characterize microorganisms occurring in ship bilge wastes placed in open lagoons and, particularly, to assess their potential to degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A first-order kinetic was suitable for describing hydrocarbon biodegradation after 17 days of treatment. The calculated rate constants were 0.0668 and 0.0513 day−1 with a corresponding… CONTINUE READING


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