Bioremediation in Our Environment

In order to test the effectiveness of bioremediation in the cleaning up of oil spills, the research team Kulon-Sauve performed a statistical D.O.E. in which they modified several factors to determine the ideal conditions under which bioremediation is successful. The three factors tested were the location of the spill (water or shore environment), the type of oil (refined motor oil or crude oil), and the type of water (freshwater or saltwater). The effectiveness of the procedure was measured by counting the number of shaded bars which disappeared as a result of the culture's increasing turbidity. After experimenting and analyzing the results, it was determined that bioremediation works best in a freshwater shore environment, proving their hypothesis correct, and that the type of oil degraded is not a significant factor. However, the research team decided that further investigation is necessary for these results to be considered 100% accurate.

Research Done By:

Amy Kulon

Christine Sauve