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  1. Vol. 28 No. 4, p. 536-539
     
    Received: Nov 29, 1963
    Accepted: Feb 12, 1964


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doi:10.2136/sssaj1964.03615995002800040025x

Respiration Studies on Soil Treated with Some Hydrocarbons1

  1. Ann L. Dobson and
  2. H. A. Wilson2

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Abstract

Respiration studies, as measured by the uptake of O2, were made upon oil-free and oil-impregnated soils. A modified Haldane apparatus was used. Composite soil samples of oil-impregnated soil obtained around oil wells showed greater biological activity than samples of oil-free soil. The respiration rate was greater, however, in oil-free soil cores than with oil-impregnated soil cores. Crude oil, kerosene, and mineral oil were added at 2, 10, and 20% on a volume-weight basis levels to a soil. Each percentage addition resulted in its own biological activity pattern but in general the trends were similar. In all cases, the soil with added hydrocarbon had a greater respiration rate than the untreated soil.

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