Selective substrate utilization by marine hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2004
Copyright © 1973 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 285–297, March 1973
How to Cite
Soli, G. and Bens, E. M. (1973), Selective substrate utilization by marine hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria. Biotechnol. Bioeng., 15: 285–297. doi: 10.1002/bit.260150206
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 SEP 1972
Several strains of bacteria, isolated from marine environments, were characterized for their hydrocarbon oxidizing abilities using a complex synthetic mixture of hydrocarbons. Attempts were made at a broad classification of these organisms on the basis of their behavior towards four major groups of hydrocarbons, normal paraffins, iso-paraffins, cyclo-paraffins, and aromatics, known to be present in crude oils. Although bacteria appear to be able to oxidize hydrocarbons at random, this study has shown that it may be possible to recognize a rudimental pattern if we view their oxidative abilities in terms of groups of hydrocarbons rather than individual compounds. A study of the action of combined strains on the synthetic hydrocarbon mixture was performed. It was found that no particular benefit could be derived as compared to the use of single strains.