From functional potential of soil bacterial communities towards petroleum hydrocarbons bioremediation

Paul Adrian Iturbe Espinoza*, Matthijs Bonte, David M Brown, Rob van Spanning

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Molecular ecology researches are rapidly advancing the knowledge of microorganisms associated with petroleum hydrocarbon degradation, one of the major large-scale pollutants in terrestrial ecosystems. The design and monitoring of bioremediation techniques for hydrocarbons rely on a thorough understanding of the diversity
of enzymes involved in the processes of hydrocarbon degradation and the microbes that harbor their allocated genes. This review describes the impact of hydrocarbon pollution on soil microbial communities, the state of the art of detecting functional genes, and functional groups. We will focus on i) the structure, function and succession behavior of microbial communities exposed to hydrocarbons, ii) key genes and pathways, iii) future prospect into bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons in aerobic environments. The aim is to get a fundamental insight in these issues to ultimately improve petroleum hydrocarbons bioremediation.
Keywords: Petroleum hydrocarbons, microbial communities, functional genes, oil degradation, bioremediation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019

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