Deep-sea oil plume enriches indigenous oil-degrading bacteria.

  title={Deep-sea oil plume enriches indigenous oil-degrading bacteria.},
  author={Terry C Hazen and Eric A Dubinsky and T. Z. DeSantis and Gary L. Andersen and Y. M. Piceno and Navjeet Singh and Janet K. Jansson and Alexander Probst and Sharon E. Borglin and Julian L. Fortney and William T. Stringfellow and Markus Bill and Mark E. Conrad and Lauren M. Tom and Krystle L. Chavarria and Thana R. Alusi and Regina Lamendella and Dominique C. Joyner and Chelsea L Spier and Jacob Baelum and Manfred Auer and Marcin L. Zemla and Romy Chakraborty and Eric Sonnenthal and Patrik D'haeseleer and Hoi-ying N Holman and Shariff Osman and Zhenmei Lu and Joy D Van Nostrand and Ye Deng and Jizhong Zhou and Olivia U. Mason},
  volume={330 6001},
The biological effects and expected fate of the vast amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon blowout are unknown owing to the depth and magnitude of this event. Here, we report that the dispersed hydrocarbon plume stimulated deep-sea indigenous γ-Proteobacteria that are closely related to known petroleum degraders. Hydrocarbon-degrading genes coincided with the concentration of various oil contaminants. Changes in hydrocarbon composition with distance from the source and… CONTINUE READING