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Modeling of Microscale Transport in Biological Processes by Sid Becker

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Chapter 2

Microbial Strategies for Oil Biodegradation

G.E. Kapellos1    Laboratory of Transport Phenomena & Physicochemical Hydrodynamics, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Patras, Greece1Chapter coordinator.

Abstract

The current understanding of the fundamental microscale mechanisms that underlie the biodegradation of oily substrates by microbial communities is concisely reviewed in this chapter. Depending on a microbe's affinity for the oily phase and its ability to proliferate in multicellular structures, three fundamental growth modes are identified: suspended interfacial (flatlander's), and biofilm. Each growth mode might involve one, or more, substrate uptake tactics depending on the microbe's preference ...

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