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Oxidation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons under sulfate-reducing conditions

Applied and Environmental Microbiology

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Abstract

[14C]naphthalene and phenanthrene were oxidized to 14CO2 without a detectable lag under strict anaerobic conditions in sediments from San Diego Bay, San Diego, Calif., that were heavily contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) but not in less contaminated sediments. Sulfate reduction was necessary for PAH oxidation. These results suggest that the self-purification capacity of PAH-contaminated sulfate-reducing environments may be greater than previously recognized.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Oxidation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons under sulfate-reducing conditions
Series title:
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume
62
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
First page:
1099
Last page:
1101
Number of Pages:
3