Bioremediation of marine oil spills

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Bioremediation is a potentially important option for dealing with marine oil spills. Oil-degrading microorganisms are indigenous to the world's oceans, but environmental constraints limit their activity and so a bioremediation strategy must be tailored to local conditions. While an oil slick is at sea, its biodegradation is likely to be surface-area limited and can be stimulated by employing dispersants. However, if oil reaches a shoreline, alternative options are needed. The addition of fertilizer nutrients has been successful in stimulating oil biodegradation in oligotrophic conditions, and suggests opportunities for designing alternative strategies for other environments.

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Prince, R. C. (1997). Bioremediation of marine oil spills. Trends in Biotechnology, 15(5), 158–160. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0167-7799(97)01033-0

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