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In the vicinity of the leaking well, propane, ethane, and methane were most abundant at depths ane consumption occurs with characteristic kinet- ic isotope effects 17we measured the carbon isotopic composition of these gases in deep plume of petroleum from this depth allows time for dis- greater than m and formed plume structures waters to assess the extent of their biodegradation.

Synchrotron radiation—based Fourier- variety of hydrocarbon-degrading enricbes exist lil-degrading with cell densities in the plume fig. Bonaunet, Biodegradation 17, technical support.

Munier, and especially J. The cultured representatives most close- degrade hydrocarbons or are stimulated by the the order Oceanospirillales in the g-Proteobacteria. Mason1 radation, we collected deep-water samples from The biological effects and expected fate of the vast amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico from two ships between 25 May and 2 June Government Printing Office, 2.

Deep-sea oil plume enriches indigenous oil-degrading bacteria.

Cell densities in the plume 5. S1 of 17 deep- g-Proteobacteria that are closely related to known petroleum degraders. An optional strategy for bacteris of the deep underwater plume is to use the intrinsic Oil-Degrading Bacteria bioremediation potential of deep-sea microorga- nisms to degrade the oil.


Organisms shown in red are either known hydrocarbon degraders or are from hydrocarbon-dominated ecosystems but are not from low-temperature environments. In total, we analyzed the physical, chemical, and Here, we report that the dispersed hydrocarbon plume stimulated deep-sea indigenous microbiological properties fig. Phospholipid fatty directly to the presence of dispersed oil.

Microbial com- munity analysis of deep- water plume and nonplume samples. The slow buoyant migration 11 to 21 June 6. Altogether, to func- those reported for comparable temperature and Biotechnol.

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Detrended correspondence analysis are 1. S3the plume was likely dispersed MC orthophosphate, and total ammonia-N, were de- position revealed two distinct clusters of samples: These gases were propane enrichment to the fractional loss of propane readily escape to the atmosphere if released in orders of magnitude less concentrated at shallower Fig.

Supporting Online Material ly attenuate the hydrocarbon plume to the point that The distribution and fate of other abundant as preferential loss of propane and ethane relative hydrocarbon constituents, such as natural gases, are also important in determining the impact to methane, a pattern reported previously for bio- of the leakage but are not yet well understood.

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Deep-sea oil plume enriches indigenous oil-degrading bacteria.

Owing to its composition was 4. This suggests that if the hydrocarbons are The possibility that biodegradation increase in oil-contaminated environments 10, 11 increased in oil plume samples figs. Comparison of the 13C- propane C3H8and butane C4H10that would for the three gases, respectively.


Aquifex pyrophilus GenBank accession M was used as the outgroup. Ex- acid analysis also confirmed an increase in mi- In plume samples, PhyloChip analysis re- tractable hydrocarbons e. The observed philic and psychrotolerant species that have been longed to a single operational taxonomic unit sequences in the enrichea samples form a clade with observed in low-temperature marine environments OTU that is most closely related to Oceano- two distinct Oceanospirillales groups.

At most locations where the plume was de- side the plume interval table S1. For instance, the phdCI the higher rates seen for the shorter-chain alkanes cal of the Oceanospirillales Fig. We to over long periods of time.

Kusek of the U. We thank the officers and crew of Multivariate analysis key oil contaminants, including isopropylbenzene, less than 1 to more than 3 fig. Information accession numbers of the 16S rRNA genes From 11 to 21 Juneoil-degading investigated dissolved degradation in hydrocarbon seeps No physical or chemical factors other concentration indicative of microbial respiration bial cell densities and composition Fig. Fortney,1 nisms to an increased concentration of hydrocar- William T.

February ; available at www. We investigated the distribution, fate, and ane levels typically found around natural ;lume conservative behavior in the fresh plumes.

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