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Biotransformation of BP Oil Spill Using Hydrocarbon-Utilizing Marine Microbes

Implementing Organization

Alabama State University

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$15,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

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Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Recent studies suggest that microbial communities played important roles in the degradation of oil discharged from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. Specifically, DNA sequences collected from the oil plume showed a predominance of one phylogenetic Order of Bacteria: the Oceanospirillales, and an increase in hydrocarbon degrading genes compared to control sites (Hazen et al. 2010. Deep-sea oil plume enriches indigenous oil-degrading bacteria. Science 330:204-208).

Contact

B. K. Robertson
334-229-4423
bkr033@msn.com
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