Title

Hydrocarbon-Degrading Microbial Communities Are Site Specific, and Their Activity Is Limited by Synergies in Temperature and Nutrient Availability in Surface Ocean Waters

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2019

Keywords

Alaska, Arctic Regions, Bacteria, Biodegradation, Environmental, Gulf of Mexico, Hydrocarbons, Microbiota, Nutrients, Seawater, Temperature

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1128/AEM.00443-19

Abstract

The objective of this study was to quantify the potential for hydrocarbon biodegradation in surface waters of three sites, representing geographic regions of major oil exploration (Beaufort Sea in the Arctic, northern Gulf of Mexico [GOM], and southern GOM), in a systematic experimental design that incorporated gradients in temperature and the availability of major nutrients. Surface seawater was amended in microcosms with Macondo surrogate oil to simulate an oil slick, and microcosms were incubated, with or without nutrient amendment, at temperatures ranging from 4 to 38

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, v. 85, issue 15, art. e00443-19

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