Site managers have a broad spectrum of molecular biological tools (MBTs) at their disposal to comprehensively evaluate remediation strategies and monitor performance. While each can provide valuable information, selecting the most appropriate and cost-effective MBT to best answer site-specific questions is not always straightforward. MBTs and their applications for petroleum hydrocarbon sites will be discussed: QuantArray-Petro, Stable Isotope Probing, and in situ microcosm studies. After brief introductions that include the strengths and limitations of each MBT, the presentation will focus on real-world applications. Case studies will be used to discuss the interpretation of MBT results and show how these results impacted site management and regulatory decisions.
Presentation Date: March 24, 2022