Microbial Succession of Hydrocarbon Impacted Sites in a Rural Community in South-South, Nigeria (Published)
Hydrocarbon pollution has greatly altered the normal microbial flora of our environments, this has lead to the succession of oil degrading microbes in oil impacted sites. This study is a comparative study of the microbial flora of hydrocarbon impacted and the non-impacted site in Ogale community in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State. A total of 12 samples were collected, 6 from oil impacted site and 6 from non-impacted site. Sample were coded A –F. Physicochemical parameter of soil was determine, microbiological examination were conducted to determine the bacterial and fungal communities present at each site. Result shows that higher population of oil degrading microorganisms were found on the hydrocarbon impacted site, prominent among them were Micrococcus ,Acinetobacter ,Corynebacterium , Bacilus, Pseudomonas, Flavobacterium ,Actinomycetes, fungi isolated from impacted sites includes Candida , Rhizopus mucor and Aspergilus while the non-impacted site has ; streptococcus, staphylococcus, E.coli, and Actinomycetes species. There were also fungal isolate of which only Candida was the only isolate.