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Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian Head,
Dr Martin Jones,
Dr Wilfred Roling
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Hundreds of millions of litres of petroleum enter the environment from both natural and anthropogenic sources every year. The input from natural marine oil seeps alone would be enough to cover all of the world's oceans in a layer of oil 20 molecules thick. That the globe is not swamped with oil is testament to the efficiency and versatility of the networks of microorganisms that degrade hydrocarbons, some of which have recently begun to reveal the secrets of when and how they exploit hydrocarbons as a source of carbon and energy.
Author(s): Head IM, Jones DM, Roling WFM
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Nature Reviews: Microbiology
ISSN (print): 1740-1526
ISSN (electronic): 1740-1534