Biodegradation of “Hidden” High Molecular Weight Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Closing Critical Research Gaps

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Central Florida

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Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Florida

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2017

Project Details

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Project Actions

Physical Aspects Research Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Microbial Communities Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

The objectives of the proposed study are to (1) determine the ability of known PAH-degrading bacterial species to degrade HMW-PAH MW ? 302 compounds in pure cultures and identify the metabolic degradation products using fluorescence spectroscopy with emphasis on PAH-metabolites that are known to be carcinogenic; and (2) identify new, environmentally relevant bacteria capable of degrading HMW-PAH MW ? 302 compounds through sediment enrichment incubations using both culture-dependent isolation techniques and culture-independent techniques (i.e., metagenomics). These objectives will be achieved through an integrated research program coupling microbiological and state-of-the-art analytical techniques in order to investigate the microbial degradation of recalcitrant HMW-PAH organic compounds with a goal to better understand the microbial response to oil spills.

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Project ID: 1044
Project Name: Biodegradation of “Hidden” High Molecular Weight Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Closing Critical Research Gaps
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Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
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Project Category: Science
Project Action: Physical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s): Environmental Research
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Targeted Resource(s): Microbial Communities
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
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Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2019
Implementing Organization: University of Central Florida
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Melanie J. Beazley
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Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 369645
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 369645
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 9
Total Amount Leveraged: 0