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Study Quantifies Photooxidation and Biodegradation of Surface Oil

Study Quantifies Photooxidation and Biodegradation of Surface Oil

September 3, 2015

Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin assessed photooxidation and biodegradation rates on different hydrocarbon groups.

They found that photooxidation was the main driver for degrading aromatic hydrocarbons, and biodegradation was the key process controlling the degradation of saturated hydrocarbons (alkanes). Exposure to sunlight, however, inhibited the biodegradation of the branched alkanes, pristane and phytane.The researchers published their findings in the April 2015 Marine Pollution Bulletin

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