Microbes Recruited in Valdez Cleanup
Microbes recruited in Valdez cleanup
Just after midnight on March 24, the Exxon Valdez supertanker ran aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound, spilling 10.1 million gallons of crude oil and fouling 368 miles of shoreline in that sound alone. Roughly 2,500 people have already enlisted in the manual cleanup of area branches and wildlife. But the newest recruits in the cleanup are local communities of bacteria that specialize in detoxification.
Last week, Environmental Protection agency scientists began seeding six oil-stained beach plots with nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer in a 2-acre experiment at Alaska's Snug Harbor. Previous studies had detected …
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Publication information: Article title: Microbes Recruited in Valdez Cleanup. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 135. Issue: 24 Publication date: June 17, 1989. Page number: 383. © 2009 Science Service, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1989 Gale Group.
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