Monitoring of microbial souring in chemically treated, produced-water biofilm systems using molecular techniques
Kjellerup, B. V.
Veeh, Richard Harold
Thomsen, T. R.
Sturman, Paul J.
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The identification of bacteria in oil production facilities has previously been based on culture techniques. However, cultivation of bacteria from these often-extreme environments can lead to errors in identifying the microbial community members. In this study, molecular techniques including fluorescence in situ hybridization, PCR, denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, and sequencing were used to track changes in bacterial biofilm populations treated with nitrate, nitrite, or nitrate+molybdate as agents for the control of sulfide production. Results indicated that nitrite and nitrate+molybdate reduced sulfide production, while nitrate alone had no effect on sulfide generation. No long-term effect on sulfide production was observed. Initial sulfate-reducing bacterial numbers were not influenced by the chemical treatments, although a significant increase in sulfate-reducing bacteria was observed after termination of the treatments. Molecular analysis showed a diverse bacterial population, but no major shifts in the population due to treatment effects were observed.
Kjellerup BV, Veeh RH, Sumithraratne P, Thomsen TR, Buckingham-Meyer K, Frolund B, Sturman P, "Monitoring of microbial souring in chemically treated, produced-water biofilm systems using molecular techniques," J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol, 2005 32:163-170