July 13, 2016
Oil oxidizing marine bacteria research
The LMSU Marine Research Center specialists in collaboration with the Polar Expedition Kartesh project sampled surface waters and bottom sediments in the coastal area of the Barents Sea as well as Matveev, Vaygach Islands and Yuzhny Island of Novaya Zemlya as part of the Northern Seas Microflora Ability to Purge Potential Oil Spills Assessment research.
Apart from that, we collected additional samples of the oil-contaminated soil found at the sites of chronic oil-fouling by the old barrels.
After we collected the samples, we froze them and will deliver them afterwards to the microbe biotechnology lab at the LMSU Biology Faculty for the subsequent analysis. The lab will conduct the following experiment of a man-triggered hydrocarbon pollution simulation, which will allow to assess the degree of hydrocarbon substances decrease under the influence of the native marine microbiota. We will draw a conclusion about the possibility and the pace of natural disposal of the potential oil contamination under the influence of microorganism communities.
We have separately collected microflora samples in the bacterial tufts of the glacial lake waters and in different environments to study their composition and potential ability to discover new microorganism strains with a variety of features.
Polar Expedition Kartesh Project Head Deputy for marine biology and ecology,
LMSU Marine Research Center CEO