Degradation of recalcitrant products from weathered petroleum contaminations in Western Australia and Kuwait

Melanie Bruckberger

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

The biodegradation of recalcitrant polar compounds that accumulatate at legacy hydrocarbon spill sites has has received limited attention to date. The majority of these polar compounds remain unidentified, and their characteristics unknown. This thesis investigates the contaminants formed at two legacy spills: an industrial site in Western Australia, and a groundwater system
in northern Kuwait affected by oil spills during the 1st Gulf War. Both sites have a long history of contamination exposure with persistance of undegraded polar compounds. Microcosm studies and amplicon sequencing revealed the biodegradability of the contaminants, and compared microbial communities established across the sites.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date24 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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