Accession Number : ADD002838

Title :   Biodegradation of Oil on Water Surfaces.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Bartha,Richard ; Atlas,Ronald M

Report Date : 25 May 1976

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : Free-floating oil slicks on bodies of sea and fresh water are disposed of by microbial degradation at a greatly enhanced rate by applying the essential microbial nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus, to the oil slick in a form that dissolves in or adheres to the oil and thus selectively stimulates the activity of oil-metabolizing microorganisms.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Biodeterioration, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Oil spills, Microbiology, Microorganisms, Bacteria, Nitrates, Phosphates, Salts, Water pollution

Subject Categories : Microbiology
      Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE