Navigation Links
University of Houston study shows BP oil spill hurt marshes, but recovery possible
Date:3/10/2012

Crabs, insects and spiders living in coastal salt marshes affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster were damaged by the massive oil spill but were able to recover within a year if their host plants remained healthy, according to a University of Houston study published Wednesday (March 7) in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

In one of the first studies to look at how oil spills affect salt marsh arthropods, Brittany McCall, a UH graduate student, and biology professor Steven Pennings, her adviser, sampled terrestrial arthropods and marine invertebrates at the time of the oil spill, as well as a year later.

The April 2010 explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon resulted in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that washed ashore, damaging a number of coastal areas. McCall and Pennings received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study some of the coastal salt marshes affected by the spill. They gathered samples in areas where relatively low levels of oil were present but the plants still appeared healthy and undamaged. They found that in these areas, the numbers of crabs, insects and spiders were reduced by up to 50 percent because of the oil exposure.

"This study demonstrates that appearances can be deceiving," Pennings said. "Arthropods are quite vulnerable to oil exposure. These results are very important because they show that we can't assume that the marsh is healthy just because the plants are still alive."

However, the fact that some plant life remained intact in these areas apparently was key to how the arthropods recovered. When the UH researchers sampled the same areas a year later, all three groups appeared to have recovered, suggesting that arthropods affected by oil may recover if their host plants remain healthy.

"Salt marshes are commonly disturbed by natural events and, as a result, they may be able to also recover from oil spills if the oil disturbance is not too large," P
'/>"/>

Contact: Laura Tolley
ljtolley@uh.edu
713-743-0778
University of Houston
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. University of Tennessee researchers invent device to rapidly detect infectious disease
2. Mayor Gray, University presidents pledge to make DC the Greenest College Town in America
3. American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment to meet at Arizona State University
4. University of East Anglia research reveals why fishermen keep fishing despite dwindling catches
5. Wayne State University researchers model will target causes of everyday MS symptoms
6. St. Michaels and King Saud University receive first joint patent
7. Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University form research consortium
8. IPM decreased pesticide use in University of Florida housing
9. Boston University researchers develop novel drug delivery system
10. Native forest birds in unprecedented trouble, according to University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers
11. University of Minnesota biologists replicate key evolutionary step
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/16/2014)... of a leaf looks like one seamless surface; however, ... of a patchwork of cells in a variety of ... take on their own unique forms, Caltech biologist Elliot ... pinpoint the shape-controlling factors in pavement cells, which are ... plants. They found that these unusual shapes were the ...
(Date:4/16/2014)... "brush border" a densely packed array of ... of the cells that line our intestines., Vanderbilt ... build this specialized structure, which is critical for ... published April 10 in the journal Cell ... brush border assembly and increase our understanding of ...
(Date:4/16/2014)... Geologic and soil processes are to blame for significant ... to a study published recently in the Journal ... soil samples from all corners of Ohio showed that ... level of concern recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection ... the authors, who note that regulatory levels typically are ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):For cells, internal stress leads to unique shapes 2Vanderbilt researchers discover how intestinal cells build nutrient-absorbing surface 2Vanderbilt researchers discover how intestinal cells build nutrient-absorbing surface 3Significant baseline levels of arsenic found in Ohio soils are due to natural processes 2Significant baseline levels of arsenic found in Ohio soils are due to natural processes 3Significant baseline levels of arsenic found in Ohio soils are due to natural processes 4
... its workshop on ,Update on pluripotent stem cells (hESC and ... culture of pluripotent stem cells,. The objective of the course ... on the state of the art of pluripotent stem cells. ... days 9-12 February is to provide the participants with the ...
... has launched Illuminea, a new quarterly newsletter for academic ... up-to-date with the latest developments at OUP and across ... for Journals at OUP, and member of the Editorial ... library community we have developed a strong and broad ...
... levels of DNA damage have for the first time been ... the inherited, progressive nervous system disease called Friedreich,s ataxia (FRDA), ... the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). The findings, ... the molecular abnormalities that lead to the disease, as well ...
Cached Biology News:Update on pluripotent stem cells (hESC and iPS) 2Excess DNA damage found in cells of patients with Friedreich's ataxia 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014 The Microcompetition with Foreign DNA ... disease. One of these latent viruses is the Epstein ... rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic ... by the theory, a study found that RA patients ... (1). , What is Microcompetition? , Dr. Hanan ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 ... of high throughput research solutions, today announced that ... companies, has received delivery of Freeslate’s CM ... form screening. , Lupin, headquartered in Mumbai, ... quality, affordable generic and branded formulations and Active ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 Date: Friday, ... p.m. , Location: Warrington Country Club, 1360 Almshouse Road, ... Foundation, the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to ... quality of life for those affected worldwide, will host ... Warrington Country Club in Warrington, Pa. , Each ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... , Jan. 14, 2014  3D Communications, a leading provider ... major scientific, regulatory, business, and media events in ... , today announced its former associate Virginia Cox , ... office. Virginia Cox re-joins ... Commissioner for the Office of External Affairs at the U.S. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Study: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Patients Have EBV; The CBCD Says this is Consistent with Microcompetition 2Study: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Patients Have EBV; The CBCD Says this is Consistent with Microcompetition 3Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 2Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 3Hepatitis B Foundation to Host Annual Crystal Ball Gala 2Former FDA Associate Commissioner Returns To 3D Communications 2
... - Following the announcement on April 30, 2009, of ... Bionics Inc. ("Victhom", TSX: VHB) and Otto Bock HealthCare ... the transaction contemplated by the partnership agreement and the ... concurrent restructuring of its outstanding convertible debentures by way ...
... Fortune Magazine has named Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG ... best stocks to retire on." , , Fortune ... to assemble a diversified, dependable portfolio of stocks for the long ... but also hold steady during darker times." , , ...
... Investors in a Financial Crisis, Draws Regional Biopharmaceutical Executives, ... 18 Biotech companies throughout the country are reeling ... 370 small-cap funds slated to run out of cash ... concluded during a life sciences symposium presented by ...
Cached Biology Technology:Victhom announces completion of joint venture agreement with Otto Bock for Neurobionix activities 2Victhom announces completion of joint venture agreement with Otto Bock for Neurobionix activities 3Victhom announces completion of joint venture agreement with Otto Bock for Neurobionix activities 4Neogen Named to Fortune's List of 40 Stocks 'To Retire On' 2Life Science Leaders Discuss Strategies for Surviving the Financial Crisis at Yankee Public Relations Symposium 2Life Science Leaders Discuss Strategies for Surviving the Financial Crisis at Yankee Public Relations Symposium 3Life Science Leaders Discuss Strategies for Surviving the Financial Crisis at Yankee Public Relations Symposium 4Life Science Leaders Discuss Strategies for Surviving the Financial Crisis at Yankee Public Relations Symposium 5
... output accessory lessens the expensive task ... laboratories with multiple mass spectrometers. It ... from Agilent 1100 Series LC/MSD quadrupole ... transmits the analog data directly to ...
... SOS Protein Solubility Service, We deliversoluble ... New SOS technology yields the best soluble ... applied on each clone submitted , Powerful ... ,The new protein Solubility Optimization Service (SOS) ...
... Library Panels were designed for full-length gene ... PCRs to identify the desired cDNA clone. ... a 96-well "Master Plate," where each well ... identified the positive well(s) by gel electrophoresis ...
... Library Panels were designed for full-length gene ... PCRs to identify the desired cDNA clone. ... a 96-well "Master Plate," where each well ... identified the positive well(s) by gel electrophoresis ...
Biology Products: