Linking chemical extraction to microbial degradation of C-14-hexadecane in soil

Jacqueline L. Stroud, Graeme I. Paton, Kirk T. Semple

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Chemical extractions have been shown to measure the biodegradable fraction of aromatic in soil; however, there is little research on the chemical prediction of aliphatic hydrocarbon degradation. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential for cyclodextrin extractions to predict hexadecane biodegradation in soil. Soils were amended with 10 or 100 mg kg(-1) of a model alkane n-hexadeccane and 100 Bq g(-1) C-14-n-hexadecane. correlations between the extents of mineralisation and extraction of the C-14-contaminant were determined. Solvent shake extractions and aqueous CaCl2 extractions were poor predictors of hexadecane bioaccessibility. However, the novel HP-alpha-CD shake extraction showed close correlation (r(2)=0.90, n=36, p<0.05) to the mineralisation data. This extraction technique has the potential to be used to assess the biodegradable aliphatic hydrocarbon fraction in contaminated soils. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-481
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Issue number2
Early online date3 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


  • Hexadecane
  • aliphatic hydrocarbons
  • cyclodextrin
  • bioaccessibility
  • hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin
  • cable insulating oil
  • contaminated soils
  • hydrocarbon biodegradation
  • PAH bioavailability
  • availability
  • prediction
  • pyrene
  • mineralization
  • phenanthrene


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