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Bioremediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated Polar soils. Extremophiles 10: 171-179

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Extremophiles (Impact Factor: 2.17). 07/2006; 10(3):171-9. DOI: 10.1007/s00792-005-0498-4
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ABSTRACT Bioremediation is increasingly viewed as an appropriate remediation technology for hydrocarbon-contaminated polar soils. As for all soils, the successful application of bioremediation depends on appropriate biodegradative microbes and environmental conditions in situ. Laboratory studies have confirmed that hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria typically assigned to the genera Rhodococcus, Sphingomonas or Pseudomonas are present in contaminated polar soils. However, as indicated by the persistence of spilled hydrocarbons, environmental conditions in situ are suboptimal for biodegradation in polar soils. Therefore, it is likely that ex situ bioremediation will be the method of choice for ameliorating and controlling the factors limiting microbial activity, i.e. low and fluctuating soil temperatures, low levels of nutrients, and possible alkalinity and low moisture. Care must be taken when adding nutrients to the coarse-textured, low-moisture soils prevalent in continental Antarctica and the high Arctic because excess levels can inhibit hydrocarbon biodegradation by decreasing soil water potentials. Bioremediation experiments conducted on site in the Arctic indicate that land farming and biopiles may be useful approaches for bioremediation of polar soils.

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    • "Nevertheless, excess of nutrients could also reduce microbial activity and loss of hydrocarbons (e.g., Braddock et al. 1997). Despite bioremediation of PHC by indigenous coldadapted microorganisms being reported at low temperatures (Aislabie et al. 2006; Rike et al. 2003), they also persist in contaminated soils (Aislabie et al. 2004). Temperature from 1 to above 10 °C (e.g., Chang et al. 2010; Chang et al. 2011; Delille et al. 2007; Ferguson et al. 2008) increased degradation and/or its ratio. "
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    • "ere found to make up only a minor component of control soils ( Saul et al . 2005 ) . These responses are similar to those observed in hydrocarbon contaminated soils of temperate regions ( Aislabie et al . 2006a ) . The breakdown of hydrocarbons in Antarctic soils is extremely slow as biodegradation is largely restricted to the warm summer months ( Aislabie et al . 2006a ) . Shifts in bacterial community structure may also be induced through physical disturbance of soils . Soils around permanent bases can be intensely disrupted by building and heavy equipment use ( Kennicutt et al . 2010 ) , while environmentally sensitive regions can be impacted by foot traffic ( Ayres et al . 2008 ) . Trampling has be"
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    • "It is assumed that cold-adapted hydrocarbon degraders are adapted to grow and thrive under these adverse conditions (Margesin & Schinner, 2001). Laboratory studies have confirmed that hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria typically assigned to the genera Rhodococcus, Sphingomonas or Pseudomonas are present in contaminated polar soils (Aislabie et al., 2006). Some representatives of fungi in Antarctic areas are mesophilic species present as spores. "
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