Anaerobic Bacteria

Definition - What does Anaerobic Bacteria mean?

Anaerobic Bacteria is a type of bacteria that is not capable of growing or living in the presence of oxygen. The bacteria can only survive in an environment that does not have oxygen. It is capable of growing and sustaining on its own either by preference or by metabolic necessity. It is can also thrive inside fuel tanks when there are suitable conditions and an undetected growth often leads to the degradation of the fuel. Therefore, fuel systems need to be checked for bacterial growth in order to prevent the fuel degradation, as jet fuel, diesel, biofuels, etc., are prone to be affected by an untreated bacterial growth.

Petropedia explains Anaerobic Bacteria

Fuels are often a subject of bacterial growth. Anaerobic bacteria, which is a bacteria that can thrive well without the presence of oxygen, is capable of growing inside fuel tanks. The presence of bacteria inside fuel systems can lead to bacterial contamination, which further leads to the degradation of the fuel. This bacteria needs to be detected and treated in order to prevent contamination and maintain the quality of the fuel. When anaerobic bacteria is detected inside fuel systems, it requires filtration treatment that often requires the removal of water, followed by the addition of biocide additives.

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