Metabolism of benzene, toluene, and xylene hydrocarbons in soil

CW Tsao, HG Song, R Bartha¬†- Applied and environmental¬†…, 1998 - Am Soc Microbiol
ABSTRACT Enrichment cultures obtained from soil exposed to benzene, toluene, and
xylene (BTX) mineralized benzene and toluene but cometabolized only xylene isomers,
forming polymeric residues. This observation prompted us to investigate the metabolism of
14 C-labeled BTX hydrocarbons in soil, either individually or as mixtures. BTX-
supplemented soil was incubated aerobically for up to 4 weeks in a sealed system that ...