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Kinetics of the degradation of aliphatic hydrocarbons by the bacteria Rhodococcus ruber and Rhodococcus erythropolis

Research paper by D. V. Zhukov, V. P. Murygina, S. V. Kalyuzhnyi

Indexed on: 01 Nov '07Published on: 01 Nov '07Published in: Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology



Abstract

Consumption of aliphatic hydrocarbons by the bacteria Rhodococcus ruber Ac-1513-D and Rhodococcus erythropolis Ac-1514-D grown on mixed n-alkanes and diesel fuel was studied. Consumption of diesel fuel hydrocarbons by the strains was less intense in comparison with the n-alkane mixture. The strains showed differences in growth rate and consumption of the substrates, which suggests that they possess different mechanisms of hydrocarbon uptake.