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Petroleum microbiology

An annotated selection of World Wide Web sites relevant to the topics in Microbial Biotechnology


  • Lawrence P. Wackett

    McKnight Professor
    1. Department of Biochemistry Molecular Biology and BiophysicsBioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA
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What is petroleum microbiology


This brief encyclopedia entry provides a succinct but useful definition of the field of study known as petroleum microbiology.

Microbial enhanced oil recovery


This blog provides a good overview of microbial enhanced oil recovery history, methods, successes and needs for further research.

Petroleum microbiology: Sintef


Sintef, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, provides an excellent resource on the general topic of petroleum microbiology. There are links to original research papers.

Petroleum microbiology


This site provides elementary information about the different facets of petroleum microbiology.

Microbial enhanced oil recovery: literature survey


This report is well referenced and contains some general information on enhanced recovery techniques and biosurfactants.

Oil spill: Wikipedia


This Wikipedia entry is a good starting point for information on oil spills. Parts of it deal with bioremediation and the addition of dispersants.

Bioremediation for marine oil spills


This report, although a bit dated, is a useful compilation of issues relevant to microbiological treatment of oil spills in the oceans.

Oil cleanup directory


This site is self-described as the ‘Little black book for oil spill contractors’.

Microbes and oil spills: ASM


This booklet is published by the American Academy of Microbiology and contains general information pertaining to oil spills, organized in a frequently-asked-questions format.

Microbes eating Gulf oil spill


This page contains photos pertaining to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in the summer of 2010.

Oil spills: Microbe Wiki


This page focuses on microbiological aspects of oil spills.

Oil spill cleanup: EPA


This page maintained by the US Environmental Protection Agency contains broad-based information on oil spills. It provides links to protocols and recommended practices.

BTEX metabolism


This page provides information on the microbial biodegradation reactions known for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX).

Isooctane pathway map


Isooctane is an example of a branched, aliphatic hydrocarbon and its biodegradation metabolism is shown at this site.

Fluorene degradation pathway map


Fluorene is an example of a fused-ring aromatic/aliphatic compound representative of a large group of compounds found in petroleum.

Dibenzothiophene desulfurization pathway


Dibenzothiophene is a representative heterocyclic compound. Microbes catalyse an interesting and useful set of reactions with these compounds that result in the removal of the organic sulfur.

Oil spills: 10 year papers


This page provides a good list of papers relevant to oil spills. Most of the papers focus on microbiological or analytical chemical aspects.

Microbiology of well biofouling


This book is a comprehensive resource on the microbiological aspects of well biofouling.

Microbial enhanced oil recovery


This Wikipedia entry provides an excellent overview of microbial enhanced oil recovery.

Energy institute: microbiology


This site emphasizes how microbiology plays a key role in petroleum industry operations.

ZoBell's contribution to petroleum microbiology


Claude ZoBell was a pioneer in petroleum microbiology and his work laid the groundwork for subsequent studies on hydrocarbon metabolism, biosurfactants and concepts of enhanced oil recovery.