Accession Number:

ADA110758

Title:

The Biological Degradation of Spilled Jet Fuels: A Literature Review.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jun-Aug 81,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE ENGINEERING AND SERVICES CENTER TYNDALL AFB FL ENGINEERING AND SERVICES LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

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

Subject Categories:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE