Bacteria degrade crude oil more quickly when working in multi-species consortiums.

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"The data reported here supported the premise that faster rate of degradation of HCs is achieved by the action of assemblages of pure strains of microorganisms with overall broad enzymatic capabilities rather than by a single versatile organisms." (Adebusoye et al. 2007:1158)

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Microbial degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in a polluted tropical streamWorld Journal of Microbiology and BiotechnologyJanuary 23, 2007
Sunday A. Adebusoye, Matthew O. Ilori, Olukayode O. Amund, Olakunle D. Teniola, S. O. Olatope

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