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Studies of Microbial Communities Affected by the Deepwater Horizon Spill

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Alabama State University


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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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Environmental Research

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The diversity of archaeal and bacterial communities in the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico has been reduced by the influx of oil. Some microorganisms will dominate in carbon-rich environments while others will be at a competitive disadvantage. Depletion of prokaryotic community diversity in coastal areas diminishes the resilience of the associated ecosystem. Our studies will establish linkage between contamination by oil and its effect on prokaryotic microbial communities.


Omar Oyarzabal
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