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Understanding influences on microbial responses to oil spills

from Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

What causes different responses in marine microbes to an oil spill? Opportunistic organisms readily degrade hydrocarbons from thousands of small leaks in the Gulf, some natural and others from oil and gas operations. However, after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists observed a range of different microbial responses – from helping dispersion to accumulating particles in marine snow. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative recently awarded the ADDOMEx consortium a grant to improve our understanding about influences on microbial responses to oil and dispersants and their subsequent fate. more


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