Navigation Links
A nemesis for oil spills
Date:8/3/2010

It's taken millions of dollars to cap it, and it could take billions more to clean it up. BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is acknowledged the environmental catastrophe of the century. But Tel Aviv University has a solution that may help "bioremediate" the remaining problems.

Prof. Eugene Rosenberg and Prof. Eliora Ron of Tel Aviv University's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology are using naturally occurring oil-munching bacteria, grown at the TAU lab, to clean the hard-to-reach oil pockets that occur when oil mixes with sand and organic matter on beaches and forms a thin layer on the Gulf's precious waterways.

"It's worked to clean up an oil spill on the coast of Haifa, Israel, so we've already got good evidence it could work in Florida too," says Prof. Ron. Details of their decades of research appear in The Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology, published this year by Springer Verlag.

Using nature itself to fight contamination

The researchers identified a naturally occurring variety of sea-borne bacteria that digests oil. By studying the bacteria's genetic background, developing methods of growing the bacteria, and increasing their capacity to ingest the oil, the scientists have developed a solution that could clean up the residual oil that can't be removed by mechanical means.

Prof. Ron says that sucking up surface oil pools and containing the oil are important and necessary first-step actions. But her solution addresses the smaller amounts of oil left behind ― that which isn't easily removed from sand and water. It is this small percentage of oil that sits under rocks and forms a thin film on the water's surface. Her bacterial solution can remove this oil, which is necessary to protect the sea's wildlife.

"We see sad pictures of birds covered in oil and people with good intentions cleaning bird wings," says Prof. Ron. "But by the time the oil is on their wi
'/>"/>

Contact: George Hunka
ghunka@aftau.org
212-742-9070
American Friends of Tel Aviv University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Cleaning up oil spills can kill more fish than spills themselves, say Queens biologists
2. Arctic governments and industry still unprepared for oil spills 20 years after Exxon Valdez
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015   EyeLock, Inc. , a market leader of iris-based ... Gerber to the new role of Senior Vice President ... development of mobile platforms and wearable solutions for EyeLock,s technologies. ... in the semiconductor industry to his role at EyeLock, with ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... , Dec. 23, 2014  Since its launch in December 2014, the ... eliminate the pain of trying to remember their usernames and ... fused to their smartphones. To assist people who have struggled ... company that created 1U and focuses on redefining identity, announced ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fx4bg3/the_global ) ... Global Watermarking and Fingerprinting Markets" report to ... This insight provides an overview ... markets. Watermarking aims to control and monitor piracy ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):EyeLock Names Steve Gerber as Senior Vice President of Mobile and Wearables 21U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 21U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 3The Global Watermarking and Fingerprinting Markets 2
... evidence of social behavior among many species of animals, both ... lions live in packs, and hornets construct nests that can ... our feet, it appears that nematodesalso known as roundwormsare having ... was unknown how the worms communicate to one another when ...
... years, the growing demand for organic food products has led ... Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, a European research project ... origin of a food product and deciding whether or not ... such as olive oil, coffee and wine are sold at ...
... two new frog species in New Guinea, one of which is ... in the Jan. 11 issue of the online journal PLoS ... Austin of Louisiana State University. The new smallest vertebrate species ... Papua New Guinea, where it was found. The adult body size ...
Cached Biology News:Worm seeks worm: Caltech researchers find chemical cues driving aggregation in nematodes 2Worm seeks worm: Caltech researchers find chemical cues driving aggregation in nematodes 3Research prevents eco-fraud 2Research prevents eco-fraud 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015  Transwestern | RBJ today announces ... of office space for Shire a leading biopharmaceutical company, at ... Transwestern | RBJ,s Robert Richards , president, and ... lease for the entire five-floor building at 95 Hayden Ave. ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... OH (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Crystal Diagnostics ... today that it has received AOAC-PTM Certifications for the six ... O121, and O145; collectively referred to as STEC or the ... 1 colony forming unit (cfu) per 325 g of raw ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015 Controlled Substance Compliance Services ... helps companies check the legal requirements around using controlled ... China. , As their international operations expand and ... software solutions built as a result of the first ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... DIEGO , Jan. 22, 2015   Cypher ... and Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM ), ... development agreement for next generation noninvasive prenatal tests ... genome interpretation technology, called Mantis™, to advance analysis ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Transwestern?RBJ Advises Shire in 202,000 SF Lease, Creating Boston's Largest Suburban Biotech Campus 2Crystal Diagnostics Awarded AOAC-PTM Accreditation for the Rapid Detection of “Big 6” E.coli Food Pathogens 2Global Compliance Service for Controlled Substances to Expand to China 2Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 2Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 3Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 4
... Watch out baby boomers, those 8th graders can talk ... curriculum at the tender age of 13, thanks to ... ,The Information Technology Academy (ITA), a joint venture of ... PEOPLE Program (Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence), ...
... Midwest has been approached by a variety of country ... regional biotech communities. These groups include: , ,1. The Swiss ... Singaporeans ,7. The Danish , ,None, however, have taken ... , ,In at least two previous columns, you have ...
... SoftSwitching Technologies , a high-technology spin-off of the University ... Thursday during the biggest blackout the nation has ever ... said, Near-simultaneous events were recorded in New York and ... spread across the northeastern United States, with the I-Grid ...
Cached Biology Technology:Joint Venture Trains Minority Students for IT Careers 2Joint Venture Trains Minority Students for IT Careers 3Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 2Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 3Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 4Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 5Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 6Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 7Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 8Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 9Local Company Records Blackout with Web-Based Monitoring System 2Local Company Records Blackout with Web-Based Monitoring System 3
Goat polyclonal to XAGE1 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Synthetic peptide: CGFGFRRQGEDNT, corresponding to C terminal amino acids 149-160 of Human XAGE1 Entrez Gene ID: 9...
Goat polyclonal to BACE1 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 23621 SwissProtID: P56817...
MDMA Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (Clone 3G8)...
... anti-phospho-PTEN (Ser385) ... to amino acid region encompassing ... phospho-PTEN (Ser385), ... Quality Assurance: ...
Biology Products: