TITLE

A bug's genetics may rescue pipelines

PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
InTech;Jun2004, Vol. 51 Issue 6, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In order to address the issue of equipment losses suffered in the petroleum industry, researchers sequenced the genome of a sulfate-breathing bacterium that can damage oil and natural gas pipelines and corrode oil-field equipment. The microbe, known as Desulfovibrio vulgaris, plays a role in a process called microbially influenced corrosion, where bacteria acting together in a biofilm cause corrosion that covers metal pipelines or equipment. The analysis of the microbe's genes should help researchers find better ways to minimize such damage as well as to develop methods to use such microbes to help remediate metallic pollutants such as uranium and chromium.
ACCESSION #
13615126

 

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