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APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, Aug. 2004, p. 4720–4726 0099-2240/04/$08.00ϩ0 DOI: 10.1128/AEM.70.8.4720–4726.2004 Copyright 2004, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
Benzene-Toluene-Ethylbenzene-Xylene–Ethanol Marcio L. B. Da Silva and Pedro J. J. Alvarez* Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 Received 5 March 2004/Accepted 27 April 2004 Methanogenic flowthrough aquifer columns were used to investigate the potential of bioaugmentation to
enhance anaerobic benzene-toluene-ethylbenzene-xylene (BTEX) degradation in groundwater contaminated
with ethanol-blended gasoline. Two different methanogenic consortia (enriched with benzene or toluene and
o-xylene) were used as inocula. Toluene was the only hydrocarbon degraded within 3 years in columns that were
not bioaugmented, although anaerobic toluene degradation was observed after only 2 years of acclimation.
Significant benzene biodegradation (up to 88%) was observed only in a column bioaugmented with the
benzene-enriched methanogenic consortium, and this removal efficiency was sustained for 1 year with no
significant decrease in permeability due to bioaugmentation. Benzene removal was hindered by the presence of
toluene, which is a more labile substrate under anaerobic conditions. Real-time quantitative PCR analysis
showed that the highest numbers of bssA gene copies (coding for benzylsuccinate synthase) occurred in aquifer
samples exhibiting the highest rate of toluene degradation, which suggests that this gene could be a useful
biomarker for environmental forensic analysis of anaerobic toluene bioremediation potential. bssA continued
to be detected in the columns 1 year after column feeding ceased, indicating the robustness of the added
catabolic potential. Overall, these results suggest that anaerobic bioaugmentation might enhance the natural
attenuation of BTEX in groundwater contaminated with ethanol-blended gasoline, although field trials would
be needed to demonstrate its feasibility. This approach may be especially attractive for removing benzene,
which is the most toxic and commonly the most persistent BTEX compound under anaerobic conditions.
The widespread contamination of surface and groundwater ethanol, typically exceeding 4,000 mg literϪ1 near the source resources by the gasoline oxygenate methyl tert-butyl ether (41, 42), could make the delivery of sufficient oxygen (which (MTBE) is leading to its phaseout. Ethanol, a likely candidate has a relatively low solubility) a technically difficult if not pro- to substitute MTBE, is increasingly being used as a gasoline hibitively expensive task. Furthermore, oxygen addition could additive to meet renewable fuel and Clean Air Act require- lead to clogging problems due to the precipitation of metal ments (48). Therefore, the presence of ethanol in groundwater oxides (30, 61), particularly when the dissolved Fe(II) concen- contaminated with the gasoline constituents benzene, toluene, tration exceeds 20 mg literϪ1 (55). Thus, reductive dissolution ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) is expected to increase in of iron (possibly exacerbated by the anaerobic degradation of ethanol) would increase the difficulty to distribute oxygen and Previous studies have shown that the preferential degrada- nutrients required to stimulate aerobic BTEX degradation.
tion of ethanol and the accelerated depletion of nutrients and Enhanced anaerobic BTEX biodegradation has been re- electron acceptors that would otherwise be available for hy- ported following the addition of nitrate (5, 17, 19), chelated drocarbon biodegradation are likely to hinder BTEX removal Fe(III) (37, 39), and sulfate (3, 38). Nevertheless, anaerobic (20, 50). These conditions could contribute to longer BTEX biostimulation may not be sufficient to ensure BTEX degrada- plumes, increasing the probability that a potential downgradi- tion if the aquifer material does not contain specific degraders ent receptor will be exposed (47, 51). Thus, ethanol could deter in sufficient numbers to exert measurable degradation rates. In the acceptability of the natural attenuation for controlling the such cases, the addition of anaerobic microorganisms with the migration of BTEX plumes at some sites, leaving a margin for desired catabolic capacity directly into the contaminated zone alternative bioremediation approaches to solve the problem.
should be evaluated for its ability to enhance the natural at- Aerobic bioremediation typically exhibits broader catabolic tenuation of BTEX and ethanol mixtures.
range and faster BTEX degradation kinetics than anaerobic The benefits of bioaugmentation have been demonstrated in systems (20, 50). However, aerobic processes are not univer- field tests for a wide variety of contaminants, including MTBE sally applicable, and anaerobic strategies might be more ap- (52) and chlorinated solvents (23, 24, 26, 40). Similarly, ben- propriate to treat some ethanol-blended gasoline releases.
zene degradation in a sulfate-reducing zone of a petroleum- Specifically, the high biochemical oxygen demand exerted by contaminated aquifer was observed only after the inoculationof a benzene-oxidizing, sulfate-reducing enrichment fromaquatic sediments (59). These studies, however, did not deal * Corresponding author. Present address: Department of Civil and with the high electron acceptor demand that is exerted during Environmental Engineering, Rice University, MS 317, Houston, TX 77251-1892. Phone: (713) 348-5903. Fax: (713) 348-5203. E-mail: ethanol degradation, which is likely to drive the system rapidly to methanogenic conditions (22). To date, the ubiquity of DEGRADATION OF BTEX-ETHANOL MIXTURES IN BIOAUGMENTED COLUMNS TABLE 1. Primers and probe sequences used in RTQ-PCR 5ЈACGACGGYGGCATTTCTC3Ј 5ЈGCATGATSGGYACCGACA3Ј FAM-5ЈCTTCTGGTTCTTCTGCACCTTGGACACC3Ј-TAMRA 5ЈCGGTGAATACGTTCYCGG3Ј 5ЈGGWTACCTTGTTACGACTT3Ј 5ЈCGGTGAATACGTCCCTGC3Ј 5ЈAAGGAGGTGATCCTGCCGCA3Ј FAM-5ЈCTTGTACACACCGCCCGTC3Ј-BHQ-1 Phage (␭)a 5ЈACGCCACGCGGGATG3Ј 5ЈAGAGACACGAAACGCCGTTC3Ј TET-5ЈACCTGTGGCATTTGTGCTGCCG3Ј-TAMRA a The forward and reverse primer as well as the probe were designed by Beller et al. (7).
b The forward primer BACT1369F, reverse primer PROK1492R, and probe TM1389F were developed by Suzuki et al. (53).
c The forward primer ARCHMIX1369F (ARCH1-1369F and ARCH2-1369F), reverse primer PROK1541R, and probe TM1389F were developed by Suzuki et al.
d The reporter dye used was FAM (6-carboxyfluorescein) or TET (tetrachloro-6-carboxyfluorescein), and the quencher dye was either TAMRA (6-carboxy- tetramethyl rhodamine) or BlackHole Quencher-1.
methanogenic consortia capable of degrading benzene has not Previous molecular characterization of the toluene- and o-xylene-enriched been established (36), and no previous studies have addressed consortium showed the presence of two archaea (a Methanosaeta sp. and a how to enhance BTEX biodegradation under methanogenic Methanospirillum sp.), one sulfate-reducing bacterium (a Desulfotomaculum sp.),and one bacterium not related to any known genus (27). The Methanosaeta sp. is an obligatory aceticlastic methanogen, oxidizing the carboxylic group of acetate This paper addresses the potential of bioaugmentation to to CO2 and reducing the methyl group to methane. The Methanospirillum sp.
enhance the anaerobic degradation of BTEX-ethanol mixtures uses formate and hydrogen as electron donors to reduce CO2 to methane. The under methanogenic conditions that are characteristic of sites Desulfotomaculum sp. is capable of growing acetogenically on ethanol, propi- contaminated by ethanol-blended gasoline. An emphasis was onate, butyrate, benzoate, and other metabolites. The limited substrate range ofmethanogens and the observed inhibitory effect of sulfate on toluene degrada- placed on quantifying the presence of bssA and determining tion implied that the unknown bacterium might be responsible for initiating whether its concentration was correlated to toluene degrada- toluene degradation. BSSA, which is the only enzyme known to initiate anaer- tion activity. This gene codes for benzylsuccinate synthase obic toluene degradation, was previously detected in this consortium (6).
(BSSA), a ubiquitous enzyme that initiates the anaerobic deg- Molecular analysis of the methanogenic, benzene-enriched consortium re- radation of toluene and xylenes by catalyzing the addition of vealed four archaeal clones (that grouped with acetoclastic and hydrogenotro-phic methanogens) and two predominant bacterial clones (54). One of these fumarate to the methyl group (1, 6, 9, 10, 12, 33, 49). The bssA bacteria grouped with the Desulfosporosinus sp. (which typically utilizes lactate, gene is expressed in phototrophic (62), denitrifying (8), sulfate- pyruvate, ethanol, or certain fatty acids as electron donors, reducing sulfate to reducing (9), and iron-reducing (31) bacteria. However, no hydrogen sulfide), and the second bacterium grouped with Desulfobacterium previous studies have determined whether higher numbers of aniline (which can utilize aniline and phenol as substrates). Based on the phy- bssA gene copies correspond to higher toluene degradation logenetic association of D. aniline with a clone found in a sulfate-reducing culturecapable of benzene degradation (45), and recognizing that sulfate-reducing bac- rates under methanogenic conditions, which is important for teria can grow fermentatively in the absence of sulfate as an electron acceptor the evaluation of the usefulness of this gene as a biomarker for (16), Ulrich and Edwards (54) postulated that the latter microorganism initiates environmental forensic analysis of anaerobic bioremediation benzene degradation in this consortium.
To date, no toluene-, o-xylene-, or benzene-degrading organism has been isolated from either of these two consortia.
Column inoculation. Two columns exposed to BTEX and ethanol, which had
MATERIALS AND METHODS
not exhibited BTEX degradation within 1 year were inoculated with methano- Aquifer columns. Flowthrough aquifer columns (120-cm length, 5-cm diame-
genic consortia. One column was bioagumented with the toluene- and o-xylene- ter) equipped with eight sampling ports (at 2.5, 7.6, 14, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 cm enriched consortium, and another was inoculated with the benzene-enriched from the inlet) were used to investigate the effect of ethanol on BTEX natural culture. About 40 ml of the cell stock solution (ϳ107 cells mlϪ1) was injected into attenuation (22) and their enhanced biodegradation through anaerobic bioaug- a port vial located 20 cm from the column inlet. This location was selected to mentation. The columns were packed with aquifer material collected from the determine whether specific BTEX degraders would migrate towards the col- Northwest Terminal in Tigard, Oregon, and were fed continuously over 3 years umn’s inlet, where BTEX and ethanol concentrations are higher, or away from in an up-flow mode with ethanol (ϳ1,000 mg literϪ1) and BTEX (total of 13 to the source, where ethanol no longer remained (22). The third column, which was 26 mg literϪ1) dissolved in a carbonate-buffered mineral medium. The substrates not bioaugmented, served as a control to discern the benefits of bioaugmenta- were fed by using a syringe pump (Harvard Apparatus model 22) and the tion. The fourth column was poisoned with 0.01% of Kathon CG/ICP biocide carbonate medium was fed by using a peristaltic pump (Masterflex model 7519- (5-chloro-2-methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone and 2-methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone solu- 15). The ratio of peristaltic pump to syringe pump was set at 20:1. The mineral tion; Sigma-Aldrich) to distinguish biodegradation from abiotic losses (i.e., vol- medium composition (in milligrams per liter) was as follows: NOϪ atilization). All columns were operated in the dark and at an average tempera- (4.0); CaCO3 (1,000); NH4 (5.5); Mg2ϩ (1.5); PO4 (0.06); and Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Co(II), and Mo(IV) (0.002 each). The medium was constantly Soil DNA extraction. Column aquifer material was collected for DNA analy-
ses. About 5 to 10 g of soil was taken from the port vials located 2.5, 14, 20, and 2-CO2 (95:5, vol/vol) gas to remove dissolved oxygen. The hydrau- lic characteristics of the columns were estimated by fitting bromide tracer data to 60 cm from the columns’ inlet. Soil samples were dried overnight at room the one-dimensional advection-dispersion equation as described previously (22), temperature (22°C), and 0.5 g of the dry soil was then transferred into a lysing and the hydraulic parameters (with values in parentheses) are as follows: flow matrix tube for DNA extraction by using a FastDNA SPIN kit according to the (6.7 to 7.5 ml hϪ1), effective porosity (0.37), dispersion (5 cm2 hϪ1), and seepage manufacturer’s protocols. A bead-beating device (MINI Beadbeater) was uti- lized for soil lysis. A 50-␮l soil DNA sample was collected in a 1.5-ml Eppendorf Cultures for bioaugmentation. Two methanogenic BTEX-enriched consortia
vial and stored in a freezer (ScienTemp) at Ϫ44°C.
RTQ-PCR. The total numbers of bacteria, archaea, and bssA gene copies were
2 and CH4 (27, 54) were utilized as inocula.
The toluene- and o-xylene-enriched consortium was obtained from a site con- estimated by using real-time quantitative PCR (RTQ-PCR) analysis with primers taminated with creosote and maintained in the laboratory for 10 years (27). The and probes (Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc.) described in Table 1. Bacte- benzene-enriched consortium was obtained from an oil refinery site (54). This riophage ␭ (500 bp) was used as an internal standard for the determination of consortium was derived from sulfate-reducing microcosms that became metha- DNA efficiency recovery. When the recovery was lower than 100%, gene copy nogenic after 1.5 years and was maintained in the lab for six subsequent years.
numbers were normalized to the fraction recovered. No correction was made Bromide, acetate, nitrate, and sulfate were analyzed in an Alcott 728 auto sampler equipped with a Gilson 307 pump and a Dionex IonPac AS4A 4-mmcolumn. A Dionex ASRS-I 4-mm anion self-regenerating suppressor and aDionex conductivity detector ion chromatograph were connected to an interface(HP35900E) and a conductivity detector (Ionpac AS4A column). The eluentsolution consisted of 250 mg of sodium bicarbonate literϪ1 plus 933 mg of so-dium carbonate literϪ1 in deionized water. The regenerant solution consisted ofdeionized water with 2.68 ml of concentrated sulfuric acid (18 M) added per liter.
The pH of the samples was measured by using a Fisher Scientific AB15 pHmeter.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Column operation history. Flowthrough aquifer columns
were used to simulate the bioattenuation of BTEX and ethanol mixtures over 3 years. The removal of BTEX or ethanol was FIG. 1. Example of calibration curve used for RTQ-PCR. Data attributable to biodegradation, since negligible abiotic losses show the standardization of the bssA gene by using genomic DNA of for BTEX and ethanol (Ͻ8%) were observed in the poisoned T. aromatica strain T1 (ATCC 700265D). The primers and probes used control column (data not shown). Methane concentrations measured in these columns (18 to 23 mg literϪ1) were close to the solubility level (24 mg literϪ1 at 1 atm and 20°C) (Fig. 2B and 3B), confirming that methanogenic conditions prevailed.
when DNA recoveries exceeded 100%. Recoveries for the internal standard in Toluene was the only hydrocarbon that was biodegraded in the column bioaugmented with benzene-enriched consortium were 115% (at 2.5 the column that was not bioaugmented. However, its degrada- cm), 14% (at 14 cm), and 4% (at 60 cm). Recoveries for the internal standard inthe column bioaugmented with toluene- and o-xylene-enriched consortium were tion occurred after only 2 years of acclimation (ϳ137 pore 148% (at 2.5 cm), 4% (at 14 cm), 6% (at 20 cm), and 15% (at 60 cm). Such wide volumes exchanged) (data not shown). On the other hand, variations in DNA recoveries (e.g., 0.6 to 126%) are commonly reported (44, 63) benzene degradation was not observed within 3 years. The and are probably due to the binding of sample impurities (e.g., humic acids) that overall persistence of BTEX compounds was attributed to the interfere with the activity of Taq polymerase during PCR analysis (46).
The PCR mixture contained a 0.9 ␮M concentration of each primer (a 0.45 development of strongly anaerobic (methanogenic) conditions ␮M concentration of each forward primer for archaea), a 0.25 ␮M concentration as result of the high electron acceptor demand exerted during of the probe, 1ϫ TaqMan Universal PCR Master mix (Applied Biosystems), 2.5 ethanol degradation, which depleted the influent nitrate and ␮l of undiluted DNA, and nuclease-free sterile water (AMRESO-E476) to a final sulfate. The low oxidation-reduction found in these columns volume of 25 ␮l. The RTQ-PCR was conducted with an ABI PRISM 7000 sequence detection system (Applied Biosystems) with the following temperature h ϭ Ϫ300 mV) (22) represents decreased thermodynamic conditions: 50°C for 2 min, followed by 95°C for 10 min and 40 cycles at 95°C for feasibility for BTEX bio-oxidation. The recalcitrance of ben- 15 s, and 60°C for 1 min. The initial concentration of DNA in the standards was zene, which is the most toxic and the least frequently degraded measured by using a Beckman DU-600 fluorometer (Amersham Pharmacia, of the BTEX compounds under anaerobic conditions (2, 29), motivated us to investigate whether anaerobic bioaugmenta- The number of bssA gene copies in each sample was estimated based on the tion could enhance its natural attenuation in the presence of Effect of bioaugmentation. Major concerns about the use of
bioaugmentation include the survival of the added microor- ganisms (34, 43) and/or low bacterial transport through the aquifer material, which acts as a filter (24). However, bioaug- This equation is based on the following assumptions: (i) the bssA primer and mentation has a greater probability of success when the added probe set designed on different denitrifying bacteria (i.e., Azoarcus sp. strain T, microorganisms fill a metabolic niche that is not being ex- Thauera aromatica strains T1 and K172, and Azoarcus tolulyticus strain Tol-4) ploited by the indigenous microfloras (58). Since aerobic was representative of all other bacteria containing bssA; (ii) the approximate sizeof the strain T1 genome used as the standard in the calibration curves was 4.6 BTEX-degrading organisms are ubiquitous (28), bioaugmen- Mbp (and there are approximately 9.12576 ϫ 1014 bp ␮g of DNAϪ1), which is tation is generally considered to be unnecessary to enhance equivalent to the size of the Escherichia coli genome (13); and (iii) there is one aerobic BTEX bioremediation. Nonetheless, the common per- copy of bssA per genome. These assumptions were also used to quantify bacteria sistence of benzene in strongly anaerobic environments (exac- and archaea but not bacteriophage ␭, because, in this case, the solutions con- erbated by the presence of ethanol) suggests that indigenous tained DNA fragments of identical length as those used in the standards. Figure1 shows an example of a calibration curve prepared for bssA. Similar calibration microorganisms do not readily exploit benzene degradation as curves were also prepared for bacteria (T. aromatica strain T1 [102 to 108 copies; an ecological niche under methanogenic conditions. There- r2 ϭ 0.988]), archaea (Methanococcus maripaludis [103 to 108 copies; r2 ϭ fore, bioaugmentation with competent methanogenic consortia 0.990]), and bacteriophage ␭ (101 to 107 copies; r2 ϭ 0.986).
may be justified in such cases to shorten long acclimation Analytical procedures. Samples for BTEX, ethanol, and methane analyses
were collected with a 1-ml gas-tight syringe directly from the columns’ port vials periods and enhance degradation rates.
and injected into 5-ml gas chromatography (GC) vials previously capped with a Figure 2A and B shows BTEX and ethanol concentration 20-mm Teflon-coated septum and aluminum crimps. The vials were placed in a profiles, respectively, in the column bioaugmented with the water bath (Buchi 461) at 85°F for 30 min. A 1-ml headspace sample was then toluene- and o-xylene-enriched methanogenic consortium. No injected directly into a Hewlett-Packard model 5890 series II GC equipped with BTEX removal had been observed prior to bioaugmentation.
a DB-wax column (30 m, 0.53-mm diameter; J & W Scientific) and a flameionization detector. GC operational temperatures were set at 175°C for the The removal rate of toluene and o-xylene occurred within 30 injector, 250°C for the detector, and 150°C for the oven.
days after bioaugmentation and was most pronounced near the DEGRADATION OF BTEX-ETHANOL MIXTURES IN BIOAUGMENTED COLUMNS FIG. 2. Concentration profiles in the column bioaugmented with the toluene- and o-xylene-enriched methanogenic consortium, taken 1 year after inoculation. Concentrations of BTEX (A) and of ethanol, acetate, and methane (B) and the bacterial gene distribution (C) are depicted along the length of the column. The arrow shows the inoculation port. Symbols: ᮀ, benzene; Œ, toluene; }, ethylbenzene; ϫ, o-xylene; F, m-p-xylene.
inoculation port (located 20 cm from the inlet). BSSA, which is toluene concentration was decreased from 6.8 to 1.0 mg literϪ1 the enzyme responsible for initiating toluene degradation by (Fig. 4). A subsequent increase in the influent toluene concen- the added consortium (6), was probably responsible for the tration to 2 mg literϪ1 resulted in a decrease in removal effi- degradation of o-xylene during bacterial growth on toluene, ciency to about 75% (data not shown). These results suggest possibly cometabolically as discussed previously (11). Toluene- that toluene inhibited anaerobic benzene degradation. Com- dependent degradation of o-xylene appears to be a common petitive inhibition is unlikely because anaerobic benzene deg- occurrence in anaerobic systems (2). Interestingly, m- and p- radation is not mediated by BSSA, which attacks methyl xylene degradation was not observed. Whereas the initial bio- groups that benzene lacks. Rather, anaerobic benzene degra- transformations of m-, p-, and o-xylene have been reported to dation has been reported to occur through oxidation of the be analogous to the biotransformation of toluene by BSSA (8, aromatic ring to form phenol (57, 60) and, subsequently, ben- 11, 12, 33), differences in substrate specificity among BSSA zoate and a variety of aliphatic acids (29). It is unknown if enzymes expressed in different organisms are not well under- toluene was degraded by the same organisms that degraded stood. For example, all of the m-xylene-anaerobic degrading benzene and, if so, whether toluene acted as a noncompetitive bacteria isolated thus far can degrade toluene, but it is unclear inhibitor, perhaps by being utilized preferentially or contribut- why the reverse is not always observed (29). Apparently, the ing to metabolic flux dilution (35). o-Xylene degradation was BSSA expressed in this consortium is selective towards toluene also observed in this column 90 days after inoculation, and its removal increased over time (up to 99%). Overall, the high Benzene and ethylbenzene were not degraded in this column BTEX removal efficiency after bioaugmentation was sustain- (Fig. 2A). The persistence of these compounds corroborates previous studies showing that this consortium is unable to Acetate, a by-product of ethanol anaerobic degradation, was degrade them (25). Benzene (which lacks a methyl group) and observed in all columns (580 to 650 mg literϪ1) near the inlet, ethylbenzene (which is transformed by the dehydrogenation of where the highest ethanol degradation activity occurred (Fig.
the ethyl group) are degraded by different anaerobic pathways 2B and 3B). Acetate accumulation resulted in the reduction of pH from 8.3 to 6.3 (data not shown), even though the medium Significant benzene degradation (Ͼ49%) was found only in was well buffered with calcium carbonate (ϳ1 g literϪ1). Ed- the column bioaugmented with benzene-enriched microorgan- wards and Grbic´-Galic´ (25) found that acetate, which is also a isms (Fig. 3A). Interestingly, benzene removal efficiency in- by-product of toluene degradation by the toluene- and o- creased from 49% Ϯ 14% to 88% Ϯ 7% after the influent xylene-enriched methanogenic consortium, inhibited toluene FIG. 3. Concentration profiles of the column bioaugmented with the benzene-enriched methanogenic consortium, taken 1 year after inocu- lation. Concentrations of BTEX (A) and ethanol, acetate, and methane (B) and the bacterial gene distribution (C) are depicted along the length of the column. The arrow shows the inoculation port. Symbols: ᮀ, benzene; Œ, toluene; }, ethylbenzene; ϫ, o-xylene; F, m-p-xylene.
degradation. Characterizing and elucidating the inhibitory archaea (e.g., methanogens) (ϳ1010 cells g of soilϪ1) were mechanisms of acetate on BTEX degradation was beyond the higher near the column inlet and decreased along the column scope of this study. However, it did not escape our attention length as the substrate concentration decreased (Fig. 2 and 3).
that high benzene, toluene, and o-xylene removal rates were Total bacterial concentrations were also estimated indepen- continuously observed near the inoculation port where neither dently for these samples by using phospholipid fatty acid anal- ethanol nor acetate was present (Fig. 2B and 3B).
The increase in biomass concentration due to bioaugmenta- tion could potentially decrease soil permeability and affect nutrient and substrate transport to the growing cells (18, 21, 56). However, no clogging was observed within 1 year of inoc- ulation, suggesting that bioaugmentation (with 40 ml at ϳ1010 cells literϪ1) had a negligible effect on column permeability.
For example, a microbial concentration (x) on the order of 1010 cells g of soilϪ1, which was the highest measured value (Fig. 2C and 3C), would decrease soil porosity by only about 0.2%, assuming a dry cell weight (DCW) of 1.33 ϫ 10Ϫ13 g (14), a soil bulk density (␳bulk) of 1,600 g literϪ1, and a biomass density (␳cell) of 1,100 g literϪ1 (15), i.e., the pore volume fraction occupied by the microorganisms is calculated as (xϫ DCW ϫ Molecular analysis. Soil DNA analysis was performed in the
aquifer material prior to inoculation and after 1 year of exper- imentation. RTQ-PCR was used to estimate the total number FIG. 4. Effect of toluene on anaerobic benzene degradation. Ben- of archaea, bacteria, and specific toluene degraders harboring zene removal increased from 49 to 88% after the influent toluene concentration was decreased from 7 to 1 mg literϪ1. Symbols: f, influent toluene of 6.75 Ϯ 1.6 mg literϪ1; ᮀ, influent toluene of 1.1 Ϯ The total numbers of bacteria (ϳ108 cells g of soilϪ1) and DEGRADATION OF BTEX-ETHANOL MIXTURES IN BIOAUGMENTED COLUMNS bioaugmentation is unlikely to be universally applicable, and pilot studies should be conducted to identify potential critical limitations associated with scale-up issues, including the re- quired inoculum size and cost, the need for pH control, and performance at lower temperatures in the presence of poten- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
We thank Elizabeth Edwards and Ania Ulrich (University of To- ronto, Toronto, Canada) for donating the bacterial consortia utilized in this work, Tim Buschek for donating the aquifer material, Harry Beller and Stacy Kane from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for their comments and suggestions regarding RTQ-PCR, Craig Just FIG. 5. Persistence of the bssA gene in soil samples from the col- and Collin Just (University of Iowa) for their analytical assistance, and umn bioaugmented with toluene- and o-xylene-enriched methanogenic the DNA Facility (University of Iowa) for its help with PCR analysis.
consortium. Open bars, 1 year after inoculation; filled bars, 1 year after This work was funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental exposure to BTEX and ethanol (EtOH) ceased.
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