Ubiquitous Presence and Novel Diversity of Anaerobic Alkane Degraders in Cold Marine Sediments

@article{Gittel2015UbiquitousPA,
  title={Ubiquitous Presence and Novel Diversity of Anaerobic Alkane Degraders in Cold Marine Sediments},
  author={Antje Gittel and Johanna Donhauser and Hans R\oy and Peter R. Girguis and Bo Barker J\orgensen and Kasper Urup Kjeldsen},
  journal={Frontiers in microbiology},
  year={2015},
  volume={6},
  pages={1414}
}
Alkanes are major constituents of crude oil and are released to the marine environment by natural seepage and from anthropogenic sources. Due to their chemical inertness, their removal from anoxic marine sediments is primarily controlled by the activity of anaerobic alkane-degrading microorganisms. To facilitate comprehensive cultivation-independent surveys of the diversity and distribution of anaerobic alkane degraders, we designed novel PCR primers that cover all known diversity of the 1… CONTINUE READING