Assessment Of Crude Oil Degradation And Hydrocarbon Utilizing Bacteria Associated With Some Beach Soils In Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Andoh-Payin, K.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-25T11:02:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-25T11:02:39Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/23162
dc.description Thesis (MPhil) en_US
dc.description.abstract Ghana discovered oil in 2007 at Cape Three Point in the Western Region. It experienced its first low-based mud oil spillage in 2009 and 2010. Ghana is therefore exposed to possible oil spillage due to oil production in commercial quantities. It is against this background that the present study is aimed to assess the degradation along the coast and identify hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria (HUB) associated with some beach soils. The beach soils were taken from eight coastal towns; Aflao, Anloga, Ada, Accra, Winneba, Cape Coast, Takoradi and Axim. The soils were contaminated with crude oil at 10 g oil /kg soil and incubated under room temperature for a period of 60 days. The contaminated soils were sampled at ten (10) days interval for HUB population and quantity of crude oil degraded. The results showed a cumulative significantly (p < 0.05) increase in the amount of crude oil degraded with time in all the soils. There was variation in degradation potential along the coast. Ada showed significantly (p < 0.05) highest degradation potential followed by Anloga. However, Takoradi and Axim soils showed the least degradation potential but was significantly (p < 0.05) lower than the others. The hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria genera associated with the soils are Bacillus, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus and Yersinia. The dominant HUB identified was Bacillus. Further research work should be conducted to determine the diversity of HUB and enhancement of oil degradation along the coast. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Ghana en_US
dc.subject Assessment en_US
dc.subject Crude Oil Degradation en_US
dc.subject Hydrocarbon en_US
dc.subject Bacteria en_US
dc.subject Beach Soils en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.title Assessment Of Crude Oil Degradation And Hydrocarbon Utilizing Bacteria Associated With Some Beach Soils In Ghana en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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