Marine microbes make a meal of oil.

I.M. Head, D.M. Jones, W.F.M. Roling

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Abstract

Hundreds of millions of litres of petroleum enter the environment from both natural and anthropogenic sources every year. The input from natural marine oil seeps alone would be enough to cover all of the world's oceans in a layer of oil 20 molecules thick. That the globe is not swamped with oil is testament to the efficiency and versatility of the networks of microorganisms that degrade hydrocarbons, some of which have recently begun to reveal the secrets of when and how they exploit hydrocarbons as a source of carbon and energy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-182
Number of pages10
JournalNature Reviews Microbiology
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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