October 4, 2011

Gas, Temperature Controlled Bacteria in Oil Spill

UC-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Barbara


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In a new study, UC Santa Barbara scientists explain how they used DNA to identify microbes present in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and how they identified the microbes responsible for consuming the large amount of natural gas present immediately after the spill. They also explain how water temperature played a key role in the way bacteria reacted to the spill.

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TAGGED: Gulf Of Mexico, Bacteria, Oil Spill, BP, Extremophiles

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