Is bacteria the future of oil spill and radioactive waste cleanup?

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Reactions Science Videos | October 27, 2021

The Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 released millions of tons of oil into the ocean. As governments and the oil industry were trying to clean up the disaster, bacteria were already hard at work. In this episode of Reactions, our host, Sam, creates an oil spill at home and puts bacteria to the test.

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Deepwater Horizon – BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Bacteria used to clean at-home oil spill (video demo)

We still don’t know all of the impacts of the BP oil spill

Adaptive synthesis of a rough lipopolysaccharide in Geobacter sulfurreducens for metal reduction and detoxification

A review in the current developments of genus Dehalococcoides, its consortia and kinetics for bioremediation options of contaminated groundwater

Degradation of Deepwater Horizon oil buried in a Florida beach influenced by tidal pumping

Diverse, rare microbial taxa responded to the Deepwater Horizon deep-sea hydrocarbon plume

Computer modeling could help chlorine-hungry bacteria break down toxic waste

How Microbes Clean Up Our Environmental Messes

Extracellular reduction of uranium via Geobacter conductive pili as a protective cellular mechanism

Characterization of mercury bioremediation by transgenic bacteria expressing metallothionein and polyphosphate kinase

It looks like microbes can help clean up mining pollution

Breathing' bacteria clean up toxic waste: Civil engineering professor Paige Novak and her colleagues rise to the challenge

Microbial communities clean toxic waste and generate useful chemicals

Deepwater Horizon and the Rise of the Omics

These bacteria clean up radioactive waste

Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Risk Management for Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Meet the Microbes Eating the Gulf Oil Spill [Slide Show]

Radiation-eating bacteria could make nuclear waste safer

Electrified Bacterial Filaments Remove Uranium from Groundwater

Molecular structure of different petroleum hydrocarbon representatives

Anaerobic Oxidation of Ethane, Propane, and Butane by Marine Microbes: A Mini Review

Petroleum Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacteria for the Remediation of Oil Pollution Under Aerobic Conditions: A Perspective Analysis

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