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Title From Surface Water to the Deep Sea: A Review on Factors Affecting the Biodegradation of Spilled Oil in Marine Environment
Posted by Hernando Bacosa
Authors Hernando Pactao Bacosa , Sheila Mae B. Ancla, Cris Gel Loui A. Arcadio, John Russel A. Dalogdog , Dioniela Mae C. Ellos, Heather Dale A. Hayag, Jiza Gay P. Jarabe, Ahl Jimhar T. Karim, Carl Kenneth P. Navarro, Mae Princess I. Palma, Rodolfo A. Romarate II, Kaye M. Similatan, Jude Albert B. Tangkion, Shann Neil A. Yurong , Jhonamie A. Mabuhay-Omar , Chihiro Inoue and Puspa L. Adhikari
Publication date 2022
Journal Journal of Marine Science and Engineering
Volume 10
Pages 426
Publisher MDPI
Abstract Over the past century, the demand for petroleum products has increased rapidly, leading to higher oil extraction, processing and transportation, which result in numerous oil spills in coastal-marine environments. As the spilled oil can negatively affect the coastal-marine ecosystems, its transport and fates captured a significant interest of the scientific community and regulatory agencies. Typically, the environment has natural mechanisms (e.g., photooxidation, biodegradation, evaporation) to weather/degrade and remove the spilled oil from the environment. Among various oil weathering mechanisms, biodegradation by naturally occurring bacterial populations removes a majority of spilled oil, thus the focus on bioremediation has increased significantly. Helping in the marginal recognition of this promising technique for oil-spill degradation, this paper reviews recently published articles that will help broaden the understanding of the factors affecting biodegradation of spilled oil in coastal-marine environments. The goal of this review is to examine the effects of various environmental variables that contribute to oil degradation in the coastal-marine environments, as well as the factors that influence these processes. Physico-chemical parameters such as temperature, oxygen level, pressure, shoreline energy, salinity, and pH are taken into account. In general, increase in temperature, exposure to sunlight (photooxidation), dissolved oxygen (DO), nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium), shoreline energy (physical advection—waves) and diverse hydrocarbon-degrading microorganisms consortium were found to increase spilled oil degradation in marine environments. In contrast, higher initial oil concentration and seawater pressure can lower oil degradation rates. There is limited information on the influences of seawater pH and salinity on oil degradation, thus warranting additional research. This comprehensive review can be used as a guide for bioremediation modeling and mitigating future oil spill pollution in the marine environment by utilizing the bacteria adapted to certain conditions.
Index terms / Keywords oil spills; oil weathering; bioremediation; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); fates of spilled oil; environment; factors
DOI 10.3390/jmse10030426