Bioremediation has been shown to be an effective means of treating petroleum-contaminated soils in cold areas, although the conditions required to maximize bioremediation in cold region (cryic) soils are not well documented. A laboratory study was conducted to investigate the effects of nitrogen and phosphorus levels and temperature on petroleum bioremediation. A cryic entisol contaminated with diesel fuel was treated with nitrogen (0,400, 800, or 1200 mg/kg of soil) and phosphorus (0, 60,120, or 180 mg/kg of soil) and incubated at two temperatures (10 and 20°C). At 10°C, bioremediation rates were not affected by fertility treatments. At 20°C, reaction rates were increased by the addition of P, but unaffected by N. Regardless of fertility regime, the rate of diesel loss was much greater in soil incubated at 20°C than in soil incubated at 10°C.
- environmental factors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Chemistry
- Soil Science
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis