Microbacterium oleivorans

Microbacterium oleivorans

Where we found it: On the school mascot at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA

Why it's awesome: This microbe has been shown to grow on and to degrade crude oil, suggesting applications in bioremediation

Fun fact: This microbe was discovered by mixing seawater and crude oil, incubating for weeks in the dark, and seeing what could grow

Regular Season Stats

Growth Days

Time to saturation: 82 hrs

Time to exponential growth: 32 hrs

Growth density: 74%

Description: Gram positive, non spore forming, irregular rod shaped, non motile

Originally isolated from: An oil storage cavern in Germany (2005)