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RECORD NUMBER: 547 OF 5678
|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Atmospheric Benzene Depletion by Soil Microorganisms.|
|Author||McFarlane, James C. ; Cross, Amy ; Frank, Clyde ; Rogers, Robert D. ;|
|CORP Author||Environmental Monitoring Systems Lab., Las Vegas, NV.|
|Additional Subjects||Air pollution control ; Benzene ; Soil microbiology ; Plants(Botany) ; Microorganisms ; Carbon dioxide ; Reaction kinetics ; Metabolism ; Reprints ;|
Gaseous benzene was rapidly depleted in exposure chambers containing viable soils and plants. When separate components of the system were analyzed, no benzene was detected in soils, plants, or water. Soil microorganisms were shown to be responsible for metabolizing benzene, yielding CO2 as the main product. The rates were sufficiently rapid to suggest that this reaction forms a major pathway for the elimination of benzene from the environment.