PMID: 12754830May 21, 2003

Use of bacteria of the genus Azotobacter for biodegradation of oil-contaminated soils

Prikladnaia biokhimiia i mikrobiologiia
N B GradovaR N Salina


The rate of self-purification of oil-contaminated soil increases after introduction of bacteria of the genus Azotobacter. The bacteria can assimilate oil hydrocarbons as the sole source of carbon and energy, both in the presence of fixed nitrogen and during nitrogen fixation. The species Azotobacter chroococcum activates growth of hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria present in Devoroil.

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