Biodegradation of used lubricating oil by microbes isolated from pristine soil environment

Abioye, O.P. and Abdul Raman, Abdul Aziz and Agamuthu, Pariatamby (2012) Biodegradation of used lubricating oil by microbes isolated from pristine soil environment. Malaysian Journal of Science, 31 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1394-3065,

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Pollution of soil by used lubricating oil is a common phenomenon in most cities in developing countries. This may pose a great threat to the environment and human being at large. Potential of hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria and yeast isolated from pristine (uncontaminated) soil to degrade used lubricating oil was studied in broth culture for 28 days at 30 ± 2 °C. Four isolates (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Micrococcus luteus, Trichosporon mucoides and Candida tropicalis) were used for the study. The highest percentage (40.6%) of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) and hydrocarbon fractions degradation was recorded by C. tropicalis followed by T. mucoides throughout the study period, compared to those recorded by P. aeruginosa and M. luteus. Thus, pointing out the potential of the yeast species (Candida tropicalis) in biodegradation of used lubricating oil from soil environment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodegradation, Environmental Contamination, Hydrocarbon, Used lubricating oil
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Miss Malisa Diana
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 01:42
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2021 07:13

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