Mineralisation of target hydrocarbons in three contaminated soils from former refinery facilities

Marcie G Towel, Jessica Bellarby, Graeme I Paton, Frederic Coulon, Simon J T Pollard, Kirk T Semple

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This study investigated the microbial degradation of C-14-labelled hexadecane, octacosane, phenanthrene and pyrene and considered how degradation might be optimised in three genuinely hydrocarbon-contaminated soils from former petroleum refinery sites. Hydrocarbon mineralisation by the indigenous microbial community was monitored over 23 d. Hydrocarbon mineralisation enhancement by nutrient amendment (biostimulation), hydrocarbon degrader addition (bioaugmentation) and combined nutrient and degrader amendment, was also explored. The ability of indigenous soil microflora to mineralise C-14-target hydrocarbons was appreciable; >= 16% mineralised in all soils. Generally, addition of nutrients or degraders increased the rates and extents of mineralisation of C-14-hydrocarbons. However, the addition of nutrients and degraders in combination had a negative effect upon C-14-octacosane mineralisation and resulted in lower extents of mineralisation in the three soils. In general, the rates and extents of mineralisation will be dependent upon treatment type, nature of the contamination and adaptation of the ingenious microbial community. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-523
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume159
Issue number2
Early online date20 Nov 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2011

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Soil
Soils
Nutrients
Food
Petroleum refineries
Degradation
Pyrene
Petroleum
Contamination

Keywords

  • mineralisation
  • hydrocarbons
  • catabolic activity
  • nutrient addition
  • degrader amendment
  • polycyclic aromatic-hydrocarbons
  • microbial-degradation
  • petroleum-hydrocarbons
  • organic contaminants
  • natural attenuation
  • diesel fuel
  • crude-oil
  • bioremediation
  • biodegradation
  • biostimulation

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Mineralisation of target hydrocarbons in three contaminated soils from former refinery facilities. / Towel, Marcie G; Bellarby, Jessica; Paton, Graeme I; Coulon, Frederic; Pollard, Simon J T; Semple, Kirk T.

In: Environmental Pollution, Vol. 159, No. 2, 02.02.2011, p. 515-523.

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Towel, Marcie G ; Bellarby, Jessica ; Paton, Graeme I ; Coulon, Frederic ; Pollard, Simon J T ; Semple, Kirk T. / Mineralisation of target hydrocarbons in three contaminated soils from former refinery facilities. In: Environmental Pollution. 2011 ; Vol. 159, No. 2. pp. 515-523.
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