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Alcanivorax borkumensis

posted Jul 7, 2010, 1:04 PM by Beth Orcutt   [ updated Jul 12, 2010, 8:37 AM ]
Alcanivorax borkumensis is a helpful microbe that can eat oil and hydrocarbons in the presence of oxygen.  Although it is well known from chomping on hydrocarbons in oil spills, it was first isolated from sediments of the North Sea, where lots of oil and gas wells are located.  Alcanivorax is looking for a new home in an oily environment - anybody on the Gulf Coast interested?

Image courtesy of American Society of Microbiology and Heinrich Luensdorf, HZI Braunschweig)