Biotransformation of BP Oil Spill Using Hydrocarbon-Utilizing Marine Microbes

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Alabama State 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: 2011

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Microbial Communities Petroleum

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).

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions

University of Cincinnati

Project ID: 56
Project Name: Biotransformation of BP Oil Spill Using Hydrocarbon-Utilizing Marine Microbes
SourceUID: 117
Latitude: 32.36399671
Longitude: -86.29135921
Country: United States of America
State or Province: AL, OH
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: 2011
Implementing Organization: Alabama State University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: B. K. Robertson
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 334-229-4423
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: University of Cincinnati
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): 15000
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 : 15000
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0