University of West Florida
Oil and its constituents are primarily degraded by native microorganisms with abiotic processes being less important. Oil provides a high amount of organic material available to support bacterioplankton growth, the specific source of carbon, however may select for specific groups of bacterioplankton – shifting the microbial community structure which may alter other biogeochemical cycles as well. The project addresses Category 2: conduct baseline studies and impact assessments to provide the basis for long term monitoring.
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