Biodegradation of oil and chemical dispersants in marine environment

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Oil spills occur due to exploitation, transportation and storage of oil. These spills might have serious impact on the marine environment, both on marine ecosystems and economic resources such as fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism. To minimize damages adequate response to an oil spill is of great importance. Every oil spill is unique as parameters such as oil spill volume, type of oil, and marine environmental parameters vary in different locations. To optimize the effect of the response, we need to understand the processes after an oil spill and try to understand how  these processes can be influenced to reduce and minimize the harmful effect of an oil spill. This project is part of the C-IMAGE (http://cimage.rc.usf.edu/) and the IPOP program TripleP@sea dealing with the consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.