The screening of microorganisms capable of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) biodegradation

Andrzej Wieczorek, Krystyna Przybulewska, Katarzyna Karpowicz
Pol J Microbiol
2013; 62 (2):
ICID: 1055707
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 10.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
As a result of carried out examinations, 16 strains of microorganisms able to grow on mineral media with methyl tert-butyl ether as a sole source of carbon and energy were isolated. Bacteria prevailed among microorganisms being isolated. The growth of microorganisms under laboratory conditions was long and was accompanied by low biomass increase. Under the conditions of the experiment, the isolated microorganisms did not show any quantitatively measurable biodegradability of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) under aerobic conditions. This requires to use far-reaching caution in respect of trading MTBE-modified petrols in order to protect natural environment in Poland against contamination with that hard-to-biodegrade substance.

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