Aromatic Hydrocarbon Decomposition by Neustonic Bacteria - Part I. Single-ring Hydrocarbon Biodegradation
M. Walczak, W. Donderski, Z. Mudryk*, P. Skorczewski*
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Nicholas Copernicus University, Institut Ecol & Environmental Protection, Department of Water Microbiology & Biotechnology, PL-87100 Torun, Poland
*University of Education, Department of Experimental Biology, PL-76200 Slupsk, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2000;9(6):471-474
The present paper provides an account of a study on benzene, toluene and xylene degradation by neustonic and planktonic bacteria in lake Jeziorak Mary. Aromatic hydrocarbons were better decomposed by neustonic bacteria than planktonic bacteria. Moreover, the obtained data point to the total number of bacteria and heterotrophic bacteria number being greater in surface microlayer than in subsurface water.
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