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Biodegradation of dicyclopentadiene in the field

  • Les G. Stehmeier
  • Mike McD. Francis
  • Tom R. Jack
  • Gerrit Voordouw


Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) is formed during the pyrolysis of alkanes to produce olefins suitable for manufacturing synthetic polymers. DCPD has an irritating odor with a 5 ppb detection level that provides the impetus for remediation efforts. One method of destroying odors is to alter the structure of the chemical. This can be accomplished by biological oxidation using microorganisms. Field studies at two sites, where DCPD was a soil contaminant, indicated that biodegradation contributed significantly to DCPD removal. DCPD degradation was stimulated by decreasing bulk soil density and adding nitrogen and phosphorous nutrients. The presence of other easier degradable aromatic hydrocarbons may also be beneficial, suggesting that the process is cometabolic.


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  • Les G. Stehmeier
  • Mike McD. Francis
  • Tom R. Jack
  • Gerrit Voordouw

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