Genome sequencing of hydrocarbon degrading bacteria isolated from biotrap amended beads in the Gulf of Mexico

Steven Strutt, Regina Lamendella

Juniata College

abstract

The Deepwater Horizon Spill represents one of the worst natural disasters in oil-spill history. The influx of nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil has had untold effects on marine microbial environments. Novel organisms adjacent to the site of oil irruption were isolated and PCR analyses revealed homology to members of Oceanospirillales and Rhodobacterales. Genome sequencing data will be analyzed for genes involved in hydrocarbon degradation. Correlating hydrocarbon degradation data from microcosm experiments with genomic data, we aim to understand the potential of autochthonous organisms for in situ oil degradation.

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