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Uncoupling of Autotrophy and Heterotrophy: Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Microbial Food Webs

Implementing Organization

University of West Florida

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$215,021

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Oil and its constituents are primarily degraded by native microorganisms with abiotic processes being less important. Oil provides a high amount of organic material available to support bacterioplankton growth, the specific source of carbon, however may select for specific groups of bacterioplankton – shifting the microbial community structure which may alter other biogeochemical cycles as well. The project addresses Category 2: conduct baseline studies and impact assessments to provide the basis for long term monitoring.

Contact

Wade H. Jeffrey
850-474-2472
wjeffrey@uwf.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

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