Microbial Degradation of Benzo(a)pyrene

dc.contributor.author Cheng, Jonathan en_US
dc.contributor.department Chemistry en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-15T20:20:02Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-15T20:20:02Z
dc.date.issued 2014-01-15 en_US
dc.description.abstract Benzo(a)pyrene is considered one of the most hazardous environmental contaminants in the world due to its high toxicity and carcinogenicity. It is also persistent in the environment as it is difficult for bacteria to biodegrade its fused five ring structure. The goal of this project is to isolate bacteria strains capable of degrading benzo(a)pyrene from a chemical-contaminated site at the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. This study resulted in the isolation of two bacterial species named J-1 and J-4 that can tolerate and survive in culture conditions of a high benzo(a)pyrene concentration. Both bacteria species show evidence supporting their growth and degradation of benzo(a)pyrene, however a lack of significant benzo(a)pyrene metabolites were detected. This work presents new information toward future studies into the use of J-1 and J-4 strains as agents towards the biodegradation of benzo(a)pyrene. This study also suggests the use of chemical compound phenanthrene as a co-substrate toward the bioremediation of benzo(a)pyrene. en_US
dc.format.extent 33 pages en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/32181
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.rights All UHM Honors Projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner. en_US
dc.title Microbial Degradation of Benzo(a)pyrene en_US
dc.type Term Project en_US
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