Alabama State University
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).
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