Remediation of petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated sites by DNA diagnosis-based bioslurping technology

Seungjin Kim, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Jong Oh Kim, Jinwook Chung

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The application of effective remediation technologies can benefit from adequate preliminary testing, such as in lab-scale and Pilot-scale systems. Bioremediation technologies have demonstrated tremendous potential with regards to cost, but they cannot be used for all contaminated sites due to limitations in biological activity. The purpose of this study was to develop a DNA diagnostic method that reduces the time to select contaminated sites that are good candidates for bioremediation. We applied an oligonucleotide microarray method to detect and monitor genes that lead to aliphatic and aromatic degradation. Further, the bioremediation of a contaminated site, selected based on the results of the genetic diagnostic method, was achieved successfully by applying bioslurping in field tests. This gene-based diagnostic technique is a powerful tool to evaluate the potential for bioremediation in petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-259
Number of pages10
JournalScience of the Total Environment
StatePublished - 2014


  • BTEX
  • Bioslurping
  • Diagnosis technology
  • Oligonucleotide microarray
  • TPH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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