Physiological Effects of Deepwater Horizon Oil on Phytoplankton and Microbial Communities from the Coastal/nearshore Waters of Louisiana
Louisiana State University
DWH Project Funding
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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program
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Our initial studies of the impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil (DHO) have shown that some members of the marine phytoplankton collected from coastal Louisiana waters grow well in seawater containing as much as 100 parts per million wellhead DHO. Control studies show that these assemblages, consisting primarily of chlorophytes, differ markedly from the diatom-dominated community that develops in the absence of DHO.