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Biokemistri
Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology
ISSN: 0795-8080
Vol. 26, No. 1, 2014, pp. 13-18
Bioline Code: bk14003
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Biokemistri, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2014, pp. 13-18

 en Hydrocarbon-degrading Capability of Bacteria isolated from a Maize-Planted, Kerosene-contaminated Ilorin Alfisol
Adetitun, David Olugbenga; Olayemi, Albert Bamikole & Kolawole, Olatunji Matthew

Abstract

In an effort at discovering autochthonous and active bacterial strains that could be of relevance in biodegradation and/or bioremediation of petroleum contaminated systems in Nigeria, twenty four bacterial species were isolated from kerosene treated Ilorin alfisol. The traditional method of identifying bacteria was complemented by using MicrobactTM ID 24E system for the identification of Enterobacteriaceae and common miscellaneous Gram-negative bacilli (MGNB). The results show appreciable increase in optical densities and total viable counts contemporaneous with decrease in pH of the culture media. The most promising organisms in this study are Leclercia adecarboxylata check for this species in other resources , Pseudomonas aeruginosa check for this species in other resources , Proteus mirabilis check for this species in other resources , Micrococcus luteus check for this species in other resources , Arthrobacter check for this species in other resources sp. and Streptococcus check for this species in other resources sp. The results obtained in this study showed that kerosene spillage posses a great threat to the survival and development of Zea mays check for this species in other resources . It also revealed that some bacteria survive and even thrive in kerosene contaminated soil and hence have the potential to be used in biodegradation and/or bioremediation of oil contaminated soils and water.

Keywords
Bacteria; biodegradation; alfisol; hydrocarbon; Zea mays

 
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