Assessment of Biodegradation Potential for Controlling Oil Spills on the High Seas.
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIV STILLWATER DEPT OF BIOCHEMISTRY
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The report reviews the available literature on the biodegradation of oil, and the opinions of researchers in areas bearing on this problem. The types and composition of petroleum is discussed, the mechanisms of hydrocarbon oxidation is described including the oil oxidizing microorganisms. Factors influencing the rate of degradation of oil, the fate of biodegraded oil, the effects on the marine food chain, the practical limitations of biodegradation of oil and recommendations for additional research needed to further clarify the problem are included.
- Water Pollution and Control