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Table 2 Biodegradation (%) for n-alkanes and isoprenoids by aerobic, anaerobic and mixed consortium.

From: Could petroleum biodegradation be a joint achievement of aerobic and anaerobic microrganisms in deep sea reservoirs?

Hydrocarbon Compound Biodegradation (%)
  Aerobic
(60 days)
Anaerobic
(180 days)
Mixed
(180 days)
n-Tridecane absent absent absent
n-Tetradecane 96 ± 0.9 absent 48 ± 1.6
n-Pentadecane > 99 ± 1.60 68 ± 1.5 51 ± 1.4
n-Hexadecane 98 ± 2.4 63 ± 1.3 33 ± 1.1
n-Heptadecane > 99 ± 1.1 50 ± 0.9 50 ± 0.8
Pristane > 99 ± 0.6 45 ± 0.5 46 ± 0.6
n-Octadecane > 99 ± 0.8 54 ± 2.1 42 ± 2.8
Phytane 98 ± 2.7 39 ± 1.2 39 ± 1.8
n-Nonadecane > 99 ± 1.7 55 ± 0.6 57 ± 0.9
n-Eicosane > 99 ± 2.0 45 ± 2.2 42 ± 1.2
n-Heneicosane > 99 ± 1.2 69 ± 1.5 62 ± 1.8
n-Docosane > 99 ± 1.6 49 ± 0.9 47 ± 0.7
n-Tricosane > 99 ± 2.7 60 ± 0.8 60 ± 0.9
n-Tetracosane > 99 ± 1.3 65 ± 1.3 51 ± 1.5
n-Pentacosane > 99 ± 0.9 60 ± 1.8 59 ± 1.6
n-Hexacosane > 99 ± 0.8 64 ± 0.6 44 ± 0.9
n-Heptacosane > 99 ± 2.8 68 ± 1.6 64 ± 1.8
n-Octacosane > 99 ± 2.6 63 ± 1.0 41 ± 2.0
n-Nonacosane > 99 ± 0.6 69 ± 2.0 67 ± 1.0
n-Triacontane > 99 ± 1.5 44 ± 1.1 42 ± 1.3
n-Hentriacontane > 99 ± 1.2 49 ± 1.6 59 ± 1.9
n-Dotriacontane > 99 ± 1.1 50 ± 1.1 42 ± 1.8