Bioremediation of Oil Spills
Oil spills as well as their impact upon the environment are a source of serious concern for scientists. Such disasters occur regularly, leading to messy challenges that require huge investments of time as well as resources. Oil is extremely complicated but it has two major compounds: alkanes, which are relatively easy for bacteria to break down, and aromatic hydrocarbons, which are much trickier to get rid of. Until now, chemicals have often been used to clean up oil disasters, to break up the oil/ water emulsion, making oil more soluble and thus removing it from the surface water. Few bacteria are surprisingly capable of dealing with the more dangerous compounds. This has implications for future oil spills and how we take advantage of the natural environmental response.
How to cite this article: Hooda R. Bioremediation of Oil Spills. J Adv Res Petrol Tech Mgmt 2020; 6(3&4): 9-12.
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