Published Jun 30, 2016

Numerous species of bacteria have been found to degrade fuel, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acetobacter aceti. Fungus can also degrade fuel, like Hormoconis resinae, which has long been known to be a problem in aviation fuel and kerosene. Whichever kind has contaminated the fuel, the result is the same—equipment damage and fuel degradation.

How did these organisms get in the fuel? Unfortunately, these organisms are ubiquitous, found in soil, water, even in crude oil.  The bacteria and fungal spores were likely in the fuel to begin with but lacked one key element for growth – water.  They contentedly remain dormant until water is present.

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