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Determining the Degradation Rate Constants of the Hydrocarbons from the Macondo Well and Weathered Oil in Alabama Beaches and Marshes

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University of Alabama


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Chemical Aspects Research

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We hypothesized that hydrocarbon degradation rates in sandy sediments will be enhanced by increases in organic matter input. To investigate this hypothesis we took a three-prong approach: Determining the seasonal distribution of hydrocarbon degrading bacterial in Alabama coastal waters. The impact of inorganic nutrient additions on hydrocarbon degradation rates in sandy sediments. To do so we assessed the degradation of hydrocarbons in mesocosm experiments with differing fuel amounts (2,000 and 4,000 mg/kg) and with or without inorganic nutrient amendment.


Behzad Mortazavi
251-861-2141 X 2189
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