Acta Biotechnol. volume 19, issue 3, P225-233 1999 DOI: 10.1002/abio.370190309 View full text
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M. Mathew, J. P. Obbard, Y. P. Ting, Y. H. Gin, H. M. Tan

Abstract: The potential of using indigenous microorganisms in beach sediments to degrade petroleum hydrocarbons emanating from marine oil spillages in the Straits of Singapore was investigated. A field trial was conducted using oil contaminated beach sediments from Pulau Semakaua small island 15 km south of Singapore. The results clearly show that the addition of inorganic nutrients to beach sediments significantly enhanced the activity of indigenous microorganisms (measured using the dehydrogenase enzyme assay and via…

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