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Resistance of toxic alkylcyclohexyltetralins to biodegradation by aerobic bacteria

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Carolyn Aitken, Dr Martin Jones


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A series of alkylcyclohexyltetralins (ATEs) and an alkylcyclohexylnaphthalene were exposed to the common aerobic bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens and separately to a consortium of aerobic bacteria previously shown to rapidly and extensively degrade crude oil hydrocarbons. The ATEs and naphthalene were resistant to biodegradation in laboratory experiments at room temperature for up to 119 days under conditions that led to the rapid oxidation of n-alkanes and the other major resolved components of North Sea crude oil. The higher molecular-weight ATEs, particularly those with branched chain substituents, were resistant to aerobic degradation even under biodegradation conditions defined as 'heavy'. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Booth AM, Aitken CM, Jones DM, Lewis CA, Rowland SJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organic Geochemistry

Year: 2007

Volume: 38

Issue: 4

Pages: 540-550

ISSN (print): 0146-6380

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5290


DOI: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2006.12.008


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