Rapid microbial respiration of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in offshore surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico

@article{Edwards2011RapidMR,
  title={Rapid microbial respiration of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in offshore surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico},
  author={Bethanie Edwards and Christopher M Reddy and Richard Camilli and Catherine A. Carmichael and Krista Longnecker and Benjamin A. S. Van Mooy},
  journal={Environmental Research Letters},
  year={2011},
  volume={6},
  pages={035301}
}
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was one of the largest oil spills in history, and the fate of this oil within the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem remains to be fully understood. The goal of this study—conducted in mid-June of 2010, approximately two months after the oil spill began—was to understand the key role that microbes would play in the degradation of the oil in the offshore oligotrophic surface waters near the Deepwater Horizon site. As the utilization of organic carbon by bacteria in the… 
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