Analysis of the Biodegradative Microbial Population and their Genes in Deepwater Horizon Oil Contaminated Water and Sediments of Coastal Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program
Human and/or Institutional Capacity
The objective of this research is to determine the changes of the microbial community composition in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) coastal sediments when exposed to Macondo MC252 crude oil. Due to the low level of natural seafloor seepage of crude oil, indigenous biodegradative microorganisms in the GoM have evolved to metabolize almost all components of crude oil, ranging from simple aliphatic hydrocarbons to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).