BP Funds Metagenomics Research on Gulf Sponges, Microbes

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The British oil company BP will fund genomics research conducted by Nova Southeastern University (NSU) that will explore the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on microbes and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

The university, based in Dania Beach, Fla., will use part of a $10 million block grant from BP to fund several studies of the oil spill’s impact on marine life, including using DNA and microbial analysis to measure the spill’s marine sponge and microbe communities, assess deep sea life and bottom feeders, evaluate possible changes in the feeding habits of offshore fish communities, and analze coral-sponge communities off the West Florida shelf.

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