TitleDegradation of oil by fungi isolated from Gulf of Mexico beaches.
Publication TypeJournal Article
2015
AuthorsSimister RL, Poutasse CM, Thurston AM, Reeve JL, Baker MC, White HK
JournalMar Pollut Bull
Volume100
Issue1
Pagination327-33
Date Published2015 Nov 15
ISSN1879-3363
Alkanes, Ascomycota, Biodegradation, Environmental, Environmental Pollutants, Gulf of Mexico, Molecular Weight, Petroleum, Petroleum Pollution, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Quartz, Silicon Dioxide

Fungi of the Ascomycota phylum were isolated from oil-soaked sand patties collected from beaches following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To examine their ability to degrade oil, fungal isolates were grown on oiled quartz at 20°C, 30°C and 40°C. Consistent trends in oil degradation were not related to fungal species or temperature and all isolates degraded variable quantities of oil (32-65%). Fungal isolates preferentially degraded short (

10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.08.029
Alternate JournalMar. Pollut. Bull.
PubMed ID26323859