Volume No. 4 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 734-741 Jan.-Mar 2010

 

INFLUENCE OF SOIL CHARACTERISTICS ON BIOREMEDIATION OF HYDROCARBONS CONTAMINATED SOIL

 

B. Santhaveerana Goud and B. G. Mahendra*

Faculty of Engineering-CIVIL, UVCE,Bangalore University, Jnana bharathi campus, Bangalore-560056 (INDIA)

 

Received on : November 02, 2009

 

ABSTRACT

 

The growth of industrialization and population ultimately results in the pollution of soil, water, air and other components of the environment. The soil is a medium for the growth of plants and microorganisms; as such soil is a major component of a bioremediation system. Hence, research on bioremediation should take into account the influence of physical and chemical characteristics of the contaminated soil. The bioremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soil has not received much attention of researchers. Thus, a series of laboratory experiments were conducted on three different types of soil, with the aim of developing a new method of bioremediation, in addition to other controlling factors, taking into account the physical and chemical characteristics of soil for remediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soil, and to identify the most suitable soil type, which is potential for bioremediation using indigenous microorganisms.

 

Keywords : Soil, Bioremediation, Hydrocarbons, Contamination, Micro organisms

 

 

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