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Deepwater Horizon Spill Affected Microbial Communities
2012-06-07 11:43:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com While the tar-stained beaches from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be long gone, the Gulf of Mexico´s smallest residents are still reacting to its effects. According to new research published in the journal PLoS ONE, hydrocarbon-consuming fungal communities now dominate the previously diverse range of microscopic marine life that once populated the shoreline. Samples collected around Dauphin Island, Ala., and Grand Isle, La., just before oil...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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