Petroleum Microbiology

Editors: Bernard Ollivier1, Michel Magot2
Affiliations: 1: Laboratoire de Microbiologie Institut de Recherche pour le Développement Universités de Provence et de la MéditerranéeMarseille, France; 2: Laboratoire d' Écologie Moléculaire Université de Pau et des Pays de l'AdourPau, France
Content Type: Monograph
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2005

Category: Applied and Industrial Microbiology; Environmental Microbiology

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is a state-of-the-art presentation of the specific microbes that inhabit oil reservoirs, with an emphasis on the ecological significance of anaerobic microorganisms. An intriguing introduction to extremophilic microbes, the book considers the various beneficial and detrimental effects of bacteria and archaea indigenous to the oil field environment. Presenting fundamental and applied biological approaches, the book serves as an invaluable reference source for petroleum engineers, remediation professionals, and field researchers.

First providing basic, updated material on the microbial ecology of oil fields, explores the impacts of microbial activities on the composition of crude oil and on petroleum production, as well as examining bacterial mechanisms involved in the biodegradation of hydrocarbons. The editors provide a compilation of relevant information and coverage of recent developments, incorporating chapters on fermentative, iron-reducing, and nitrate-reducing microorganisms; biodegradation of petroleum in subsurface geological reservoirs; microbial enhancement of oil recovery; petroleum upgrade through the use of biotechnology; and the microbiology of marine oil spill bioremediation.

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