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Advantages of coupling fingerprinting and biochemical techniques in contamination analysis

Fri, 11/01/2013 -- engeology

Thousands of chemicals with different physicochemical properties and toxicity are used in our society and many of them can be detected in environmental (e.g., water, sediment, soil, air and biota) samples. The contaminant class of concern of this presentation is represented by petroleum and its refinery products. Oil spills can affect ecosystems and human health due to the content of toxic and mutagenic compounds such as benzene that is recognized carcinogen. The studies of pollution due to these contaminants can be performed by the employ of fingerprinting methodologies, that is based on a standard technique applied for environmental chemical analysis; e.g., chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC‐MS).

contaminants fingerprinting
Contaminants biochemical analysis
biodegradation monitoring
microbial population
compositional fingerprinting
contamination source