The Biological Degradation of Spilled Jet Fuels: A Literature Review.
Final rept. Jun-Aug 81,
AIR FORCE ENGINEERING AND SERVICES CENTER TYNDALL AFB FL ENGINEERING AND SERVICES LAB
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Biodegradation of many of the components of Air Force fuels does occur, although most studies have been done under laboratory conditions, and the extrapolation of the findings to natural rates of biodegradation is premature. Many factors affect biodegradation rates, including the nature and concentration of the specific hydrocarbon compound, the species of bacteria present and their quantity, and environmental factors such as nutrient availability, temperature, and oxygen concentrations. Initial concerns should be first, the determination of the importance of biodegradation relative to other loss factors such as volatilization and sediment sorption, and second, the determination of the ultimate fate of recalcitrant compounds and their metabolites. Author
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