Navigation Links
Oil-eating bacteria may determine environmental impact of Gulf oil
Date:8/11/2010

The environmental impact of millions of gallons of oil still in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon incident may depend on microscopic helpers: Bacteria that consume oil and other hydrocarbons and could break down the spilled crude, making it disappear. That's the topic of an article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine.

It points out that the oil-eating bacteria are beneficial in helping to clear away the oil. Their activity, however, could eventually pose risks to the Gulf's ecosystem, particularly in the deep ocean. The oil acts as a huge source of food and could produce bacteria "blooms," or massive population explosions. As the blooms die and decay, they remove oxygen from the Gulf water, jeopardizing the health of fish and other aquatic animals.

The article discusses scientific research underway to shed light on the bacteria's effects. It notes that the oxygen depletion so far is not as serious as the Gulf of Mexico's infamous "dead zone," an 8,000 square mile area about the size of New Jersey with oxygen levels too low for fish to survive. The Gulf's oil plumes cause nearly a 35 percent oxygen drop compared to a 90 percent drop in that dead zone.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Study shows that hitchhiking bacteria can go against the flow
2. Management of ascites, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, and hepatorenal syndrome in cirrhosis
3. Mining bacterial genomes reveals valuable hidden drugs
4. Some trees farm bacteria to help supply nutrients
5. Rensselaer professor uncovers mysterious workings of cholera bacteria
6. WPI research shows how cranberry juice fights bacteria at the molecular level
7. In the ring: Researchers fighting bacterial infections zero in on microorganisms soft spots
8. Bacterial diversity of Tablas de Daimiel studied for first time
9. Honey as an antibiotic: Scientists identify a secret ingredient in honey that kills bacteria
10. Deaths in the family cause bacteria to flee
11. Harvards Wyss Institute develops technology to produce sugar from photosynthetic bacteria
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/21/2014)... what was previously thought, newborn immune T cells may ... bacteria, according to a new study led by King,s ... to that of adults, babies may still be able ... published in the journal Nature Medicine . , ... types of immune cells, including neutrophils which play an ...
(Date:9/21/2014)... a protein therapy that disrupts the process that causes ... travel through the blood stream and start aggressive new ... as metastasis, can cause cancer to spread with deadly ... to cancer fall prey to metastatic forms of the ... who describes a new therapeutic approach in Nature ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... by researchers from several Harvard University labs in ... and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials ... from soft, flexible materials. , With the advent ... advances in manufacturing technology, soft robotics is emerging ... from conventional rigid robot design, but working with ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Immune system of newborn babies is stronger than previously thought 2Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading 2Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading 3Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading 4Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs 2
... - A study comparing a University of Pennsylvania ... to the traditional American method has shown that 80 ... traditional method are actually at risk for developing osteoarthritis ... The results indicate that traditional scoring of radiographs that ...
... most established fisheries certifier is failing on its promises ... leading fisheries experts from the University of British Columbia ... California at San Diego and elsewhere. Established in ... of the world,s largest fish retailers, the Marine Stewardship ...
... but estrogen might not be the reason. Testosterone, though, could ... the lab of Florida State University researcher Mohamed Kabbaj, associate ... a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of ... research team also is working to identify the role of ...
Cached Biology News:Hip dysplasia susceptibility in dogs may be underreported, according to Penn Vet comparative study 2Hip dysplasia susceptibility in dogs may be underreported, according to Penn Vet comparative study 3Hip dysplasia susceptibility in dogs may be underreported, according to Penn Vet comparative study 4Seafood stewardship questionable: UBC-Scripps experts 2Seafood stewardship questionable: UBC-Scripps experts 3Why does anxiety target women more? FSU researcher awarded $1.8 million grant to find out 2
(Date:9/19/2014)... , September 19, 2014 BioTech ... developments, patents and results of studies and trials.  Companies ... and Company (NYSE: LLY ), Gilead Sciences ... CELG ) and Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... in developing prodrug therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... September 19, 2014 The new , ... , available today on PharmaBoardroom.com for ... crisis that rocked the Spanish economy in 2009, and the ... community has remained pragmatic in times of trouble. ... the fifth biggest European market, and the general conditions to ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... A novel robotic system that can operate ... being tested as part of a biomedical research partnership ... the aim of determining if the robot, in conjunction ... faster, more accurate, less costly, and less discomforting for ... to deliver prostate cancer therapies with greater precision. , ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... Research and Markets has announced ... Cell Industry Report, 2014-2017" report to their offering. ... that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide ... therapy can be applied to treatment of cardiovascular diseases, ... diseases, damage or lesion of liver, kidney and other ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Biotech Companies Pushing Sector Higher With Recent Therapeutic Advancements & Patent Approvals - Company Wins Summary Judgment For Prodrug Patent 2Biotech Companies Pushing Sector Higher With Recent Therapeutic Advancements & Patent Approvals - Company Wins Summary Judgment For Prodrug Patent 3Biotech Companies Pushing Sector Higher With Recent Therapeutic Advancements & Patent Approvals - Company Wins Summary Judgment For Prodrug Patent 4Biotech Companies Pushing Sector Higher With Recent Therapeutic Advancements & Patent Approvals - Company Wins Summary Judgment For Prodrug Patent 5Biotech Companies Pushing Sector Higher With Recent Therapeutic Advancements & Patent Approvals - Company Wins Summary Judgment For Prodrug Patent 6Biotech Companies Pushing Sector Higher With Recent Therapeutic Advancements & Patent Approvals - Company Wins Summary Judgment For Prodrug Patent 7PharmaBoardroom Releases New Spain Pharmaceuticals Report 2PharmaBoardroom Releases New Spain Pharmaceuticals Report 3Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 2Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 3Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 4Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 5Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 6Global and Chinese Stem Cell Industry Report, 2014-2017 2Global and Chinese Stem Cell Industry Report, 2014-2017 3
... body, then alarm bells start ringing. Such clumps, ... type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes. If ... might be able to treat such diseases more efficiently. ... the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and the university in Aarhus, Denmark, ...
... The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) applauds the ... Drugs Act ( H.R. 2672 ) and ( S. ... therapies that treat patients with rare diseases by eliminating barriers ... on plasma protein therapies are coping with a very rare ...
... (NASDAQ: GPRO ) today reported financial results for ... million and non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.51.   ... products in the second quarter of 2011, while supply chain ... sales a year ago," said Carl Hull, the Company,s president ...
Cached Biology Technology:In the pursuit of dangerous clumps 2In the pursuit of dangerous clumps 3PPTA Praises Legislation That Protects the Treatment of Rare Diseases 2Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 2Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 3Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 4Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 5Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 6Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 7Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 8Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 9Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 10Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 11Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 12Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 13Gen-Probe Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011 14
UltraPure DNase/RNase-Free Distilled Water is designed for use in all molecular biology applications. It is 0.1-m membrane-filtered and tested for DNase and RNase activity....
...
Water Distilled (Gibco™) is membrane filtered and endotoxin screened....
Immunogen: Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV) Fusion protein Storage: -20 C, Avoid Freeze/Thaw Cycles...
Biology Products: