Profiling the microbial contamination in aviation fuel from an airport

Dong Hu, Wenfang Lin, Jie Zeng, Peng Wu, Menglu Zhang, Lizheng Guo, Chengsong Ye, Kun Wan, Xin Yu
2019 Figshare  
Microbial contamination during fuel storage can cause fuel system fouling and corrosion. Characterizing microbial contamination is critical for preventing and solving these problems. In this study, culture-based combing with the culture-independent methods, were used to profile the microbial contamination in aviation fuel. High-throughput sequencing (HTS) modified by propidium monoazide (PMA) revealed a higher diversity of contaminating microorganisms in samples than the culture method.
more » ... ure method. Proteobacteria (47%), Actinobacteria (21%) and Ascomycota (>99%, fungi) were the most abundant phyla, and the neglected archaea was also detected. Additionally, qPCR-based methods revealed all samples contained a heavy level of microbial contamination, which was more accurate than its culturable counterparts, and fungal contamination was still a problem in aviation fuel. The application of a PCR-based method gives deeper insight into microbial contamination in aviation fuel than the conventional culture method, thus using it for regular detection and accurate description of fuel contamination is strongly recommended in the case of explosive microbial growth.
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.9970904 fatcat:kkcujjydffd7jkulkalnlyg3kq