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New Microbe Discovered Eating Oil Spill in Gulf

Science & Tech  (tags: environment, history, news, research, scientists, bacteria, oil, deepwater )

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Led by Terry Hazen at Berkeley Lab, a research team has obtained the first data ever on microbial activity from a deepwater dispersed oil plume. Their findings show that the oil appealed to a certain species of deep-sea cold temperature bacteria that

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:38 pm
Go little microbe/multiply, multiply. This is great.Thanks Nancy

Nancy M (197)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:43 pm
And it is apparently not using up much oxygen. That is a GREAT thing!

. (10)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:48 pm
research funded by BP (iianm)
if not much oxygen is used, what actually happens to the oil ?
what happens to all the microbes after te oil is eaten up ?

Nancy M (197)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:55 pm
Perhaps it is degraded by anaerobic respiration or anaerobically. Many bacteria do that.

As for the source of funds, It lists, Energy Biosciences Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, and University of Oklahoma Research Foundation.

And it is published in Science, a highly reputable journal with rigorous peer review.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 3:24 pm
So, where were these microbes during the Exxon-Valdez spill? This just doesn't seem right.

Debbie G (306)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:08 pm
Cool. We need more of this kind of bacteria.

Phil R (29)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:27 pm
It seems that for everything on Earth there is a microbe that finds it palatable. Recently plastic eating microbes were discovered. Bacteria are the hardiest and most numerous living things on Earth. On the International Space Station, Earth bacteria survived 18 months in the cold vacuum of space.

Kelly C (176)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 7:31 pm
I am skeptical Nancy, as Berkeley Labs is partialy funded by the powerful fossil fuel corporations. Great idea though :(

Nancy M (197)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 6:15 am
They did fnd the microbe. Can't fake that. But it may not be as great as claimed.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 26, 2010, 4:50 pm
God puts His secret in the weakest creation.
Hope this microbe to multiplies rapidly. and the scientists to analyze his way of eating the oil, to learn from it and use it to design a tool for that.

Great news and valuable article Nancy, Thank you.

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