1st Edition

Microbial Bioinformatics in the Oil and Gas Industry Applications to Reservoirs and Processes

Edited By Kenneth Wunch, Marko Stipaničev, Max Frenzel Copyright 2022
    292 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book brings together contributions from leading scientists, academics, and experts from the oil and gas industry to discuss microbial-related problems faced by the industry and how bioinformatics and an interdisciplinary scientific approach can address these challenges. Microbial Bioinformatics in the Oil and Gas Industry: Applications to Reservoirs and Processes presents the major industrial problems caused by microbes (e.g., souring, biocorrosion) as well as the beneficial activities (e.g., biofuels, bioremediation).


    • Offers a detailed description of how bioinformatics has advanced our understanding of numerous issues in the oil and gas industry
    • Covers cases from geographically diverse oil fields, laboratories, and research groups
    • Contains fundamentals and applied information of relevance to the oil and gas sector
    • Presents contributions from a team of international experts across industry and academia

    With its cross-disciplinary approach, this comprehensive book provides microbial ecologists, molecular biologists, operators, engineers, chemists, and academics involved in the sector with an improved understanding of the significance of microbial bioinformatics applications in the oil and gas industry.

    1. Bioinformatics and Genomics Breakthroughs That Enabled the Microbiome Revolution

    David A. Selinger

    2. Unravelling the Oil and Gas Microbiome Using Metagenomics

    Nicolas Tsesmetzis

    3. A Case for Molecular Biology: How This Information Can Help in Optimizing Petroleum Top Side Facility Operations

    Geert M. van der Kraan and Nora Eibergen

    4. Using a Holistic Monitoring Approach to Set Effective Control Strategies: How Data Can Lead to Information and Subsequently to "Wisdom"

    Heike Hoffmann

    5. Influence of Chemical Treatments and Topside Processes on the Dominant Microbial Communities at Conventional Oilfields

    Matheus Paschoalino

    6. Microbial Control during Hydraulic Fracking Operations: Challenges, Options, and Outcomes

    Renato De Paula, Irwan Yunus, and Conor Pierce

    7. The Application of Bioinformatics as a Diagnostic Tool for Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion

    Nora Eibergen, Geert M. van der Kraan, and Kenneth Wunch

    8. Methanogens and MIC: Leveraging Bioinformatics to Expose an Underappreciated Corrosive Threat to the Oil and Gas Industry

    Timothy J. Tidwell and Zachary R. Broussard

    9. Molecular Methods for Assessing Microbial Corrosion and Souring Potential in Oilfield Operations

    Gloria N. Okpala, Rita Eresia‑Eke, and Lisa M. Gieg

    10. Microbial Reservoir Souring: Communities Relating to the Initiation, Propagation, and Remediation of Souring

    Matthew Streets and Leanne Walker

    11. Quantitative PCR Approaches for Predicting Anaerobic Hydrocarbon Biodegradation

    Courtney R. A. Toth, Gurpreet Kharey, and Lisa M. Gieg

    12. Leveraging Bioinformatics to Elucidate the Genetic and Physiological Adaptation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Hydrocarbon Rich Jet Fuel

    Thusitha S. Gunasekera


    Kenneth Wunch, Marko Stipani?ev, Max Frenzel