Team:TU Delft/Project/alkane-degradation


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Alkane degradation

Pollution of soil and water environments by crude oil has been, and is still today, an important environmental issue. Crude oil is a complex mixture of thousands of com- pounds, of which alkanes constitute the major fraction. Alkanes are saturated hydrocarbons of different sizes and structures. Although they are biologically relatively inert, several microorganisms can efficiently degrade most of them. Literature research has revealed a number of genes that are most likely responsible for this degradation. These genes will be implemented into E.coli using the BioBrick standard and their alkane degrading capabilities characterized.