Chelators enhanced biocide inhibition of planktonic sulfate-reducing bacterial growth

J. Wen, K. Zhao, T. Gu, I. Raad

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Biocides are currently the primary mitigation method to control sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) in biofouling, reservoir souring and microbiologically influenced corrosion. Increasingly restrictive environmental regulations and safety concerns on biocide uses demand more efficient dosing of biocides. Chelators have been known to enhance antibiotics because of their properties such as increasing the permeability of the outer cell membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. Two readily biodegradable chelators, ethylenediaminedisuccinate (EDDS) and N-(2-hydroxyethyl)iminodiacetic acid (HEIDA) disodium salts that are touted as potential replacements of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), were evaluated as potential biocide enhancers for glutaraldehyde and tetrakis hydroxymethyl phosphonium sulfate (THPS) in their inhibition of planktonic SRB growth. Desulfovibrio vulgaris ATCC 7757 and Desulfovibrio desulfuricans ATCC 14563 were grown in modified ATCC 1249 medium and in enriched artificial seawater, respectively. Laboratory tests in 100 ml anaerobic vials showed that EDDS or HEIDA alone did not inhibit SRB growth. However, when EDDS or HEIDA was combined with glutaraldehyde or THPS, each of them enhanced the biocide inhibition of planktonic SRB growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1057
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Biocide
  • Chelators
  • Desulfovibrio desulfuricans
  • EDDS
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • THPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Physiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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