Chemical evolution and plant-microbe degradation of petroleum in saline marsh plants and soils

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Tulane University

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Multiple States

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2016

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Microbial Communities Petroleum

Project Description

Preliminary research since the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill has shown that when coastal grasses are contaminated with petroleum, the bacterial communities in their tissues incorporate more taxa with known roles in biodegradation. The overall goal of this research is to develop a mechanistic understanding of plant bacterial symbioses in relation to petroleum/dispersant pollution in saline marshes. Our work will characterize the transport, fate and catabolic activities of bacterial communities in petroleum-polluted soils and within plant tissues. The project focuses on the microbial communities inside Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass), the foundational grass species within salt marshes along Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

Duke University, Louisiana State University

Project ID: 503
Project Name: Chemical evolution and plant-microbe degradation of petroleum in saline marsh plants and soils
SourceUID: 286
Latitude: 29.936916
Longitude: -90.121324
Country: United States of America
State or Province: LA, NC
County: Unknown Multiple Counties,
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Chemical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Microbial Communities
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2018
Implementing Organization: Tulane University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Sunshine Van Bael
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Duke University, Louisiana State University
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 1580320
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 : 1580320
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2016
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0