Have Scientists produced bacteria that can digest oil?
Asked in Digestive System
Scientists have produced bacteria that can digest oil?
Asked in Oil Spills
In what ways does bacteria help in cleaning an oil spill?
Asked in Bacteria
Do bacteria have good uses?
Asked in Oil Spills, BP Oil Spill, Oil and Petroleum
Where does Gulf of Mexico crude oil go?
I believe you are asking, "Where did the Gulf of Mexico crude oil go?" Some of the oil was recovered using skimmers. BP was able to conduct controlled burning of the oil, where it was most concentrated. There was subsea recovery of some of the oil using the devices fabricated by BP (top hat, riser insertion tube, stand-alone riser). Nature helps remove oil or make the oil less of a problem to the environment. Since the gulf water is warm, a large percentage of the oil evaporated away. Waves will break up the oil into smaller droplets and partially dissolve some of the oil. Bacteria in the water digest the oil if it is small bits. BP used dispersants that break up the oil so bacteria can digest the oil. These processes do not eliminate all the oil. Some oil remains but the amount is far from certain. Wikipedia identifies some estimates of the remaining oil. Scientists are concern that some of the remaining oil may be on the sea floor.
Asked in Microbiology
How was oil eating bacteria produced?
Strains of bacteria are taken from oil and later isolated. The strains of bacteria are grown in a laboratory on a petri dish under controlled heating conditions. Answer: The development of bacterial strains with specific appetites can be done in the method described above. Alternately bacteria native to an area can be cultivated by adding nutrients to the soil which encourage some of the bacteria in the area to take up oil asa food. These will flourish as the oil is the most abundant food available and eventually represent the majority of the bacteria present.
Asked in Conditions and Diseases
What is ochrobactrum anthropi?
Asked in Scientists
How did scientists obtain a picture of the inside of the Earth?
Asked in Cleaning, Scientists
Should scientists create a new sieces of bacteria for a purpose such as to clean up oil spills?
yeh they already have. they add sulphur to the water and the bacteria go nuts and eat all the oil. this method is inefficient, though, because the bacteria just die because of the waters salinity levels. at the moment we are actually making a bacteria that is salt tolerant, so it survives in the salt water.
Asked in Fossil Fuels
What are fuels created by bacteria?
Bacteria in combination with organic material can produce methane gas. The addition of bacteria to heavy oil deposits to produce methane gas is new research, but it certainly looks promising. Bacteria does not create gasl on its own, but rather transforms the organic material into gas. I've included one link, where scientists claim that bacteria may be used to create oil, but I am not aware of any commercial applications. See links.