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Wednesday, January 19 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Use of In-organic Elements and Organic Fertilizers to Study In-Situ Bio-remediation of Oil

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Oil pollution is a serious problem across the world and is considered as one of the worst environmental disasters. The clean up process is very time consuming and cost billions of dollars. Bioremediation is a process that uses naturally occurring microorganism to clean up oil spill. The process that accelerates the bioremediation process by adding nutrients is called bio-stimulation. The purpose of my project is to investigate the affects of in-organic element and organic fertilizer on the process of bioremediation in oil-contaminated water. In doing so, I created a bio-stimulation formula and compared it with organic fertilizers that were created from waste products. I did my experiment in four phases. In the first phase, I tried to find out if adding Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium accelerates the bioremediation process. In the second phase, I tried to find out if adding inorganic elements like Cr, K, Mg, NaCl, Fe, Zn, Ca, Se, and S increase the rate of bioremediation. In the third phase, I added all elements together to come up with a bio-stimulation formula. In the final phase, I tried to find out if organic fertilizers like cottonseed and fishbone meal increase bioremediation of oil as compared to the inorganic minerals. I conclude that adding Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium degrade oil faster and the oil remediated was 42.32%. Adding all the inorganic elements together remediated 90% of oil while using organic fertilizers remediated 92%. Therefore, I concluded that using organic fertilizers that are made from waste product are better than using in-organic elements.

Wednesday January 19, 2011 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Glass Oaks Main Floor - Side Wing