National Research Council of Canada. NRC Biotechnology Research Institute
European Symposium on Environmental Biotechnology, 25-28 April 2004 (ESEB 2004), Oostende, Belgium
Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) are widely used as additives to gasoline and are frequently detected in surface and ground waters. Rhodococcus ruber IFP 2007, isolated for its capacity to grow on ETBE owing to the presence of a cytochrome P450, is able to convert both ETBE and MTBE to tert-butyl alocohol (TBA). Mycobacterium austroafricanum IFP 2012 possesses a different oxidation system and is able to use MTBE as a carbon and energy source. The capacities of these strains to degrade fuel oxygenates have been investigated and compared. Their performances in lab-scale biofilters have been determined and the process is being optimized prior to its implementation in a pilot-scale biobarrier reactor.
European Symposium on Environmental Biotechnology-ESEB 2004 : Proceedings of the European Symposium on Environmental Biotechnology (2004): 221–226.