Laboratory Synthesised Model Unresolved Complex Mixture (UCM) Hydrocarbons: A Biodegradation Study

Andrew M. Booth, Helen F. Sturt, Emma L. Smith, Peter Donkin, C. Anthony Lewis and Steven J. Rowland

Petroleum and Organic Geochemistry Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA, U.K.

Presented at: BOGS 2001, Gregynog, Wales, U.K., 23rd-25th July 2001.

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Brief Summary

Cyclohexyl alkyltetralins, which are believed to be good model hydrocarbon compounds for components of unresolved complex mixtures (UCMs) have been synthesised in this laboratory. To validate their candidacy as components of the UCM they have been subjected to rigorous experimentation based upon known properties of the UCM (toxicity, solubility, photodegradation). This study has monitored the biodegradability of these compounds using the bacterium strain Pseudomonas fluorescens, a known aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbon degrader.

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