Study author Hernando P. Bacosa onboard the RV Pelican collecting water samples from the Gulf of Mexico. Photo provided by Zhanfei Liu.

Study Finds Environmental Factors Influence the Selection of Oil-Degrading Microbes

Researchers conducted incubation experiments and examined the roles of temperature, nutrients, and initial bacterial community on oil biodegradation. Higher and lower temperatures yielded distinctly different bacterial community compositions, indicating that temperature is a key influencer of bacteria that respond when oil is present.