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:12/17/2014)... N.C. , Dec. 16, 2014 Valencell, a ... its PerformTek biometric technology to industry leaders such as ... accurate, clinically validated, biometric wearable products. These products will ... in Las Vegas . ...
(Date:12/11/2014)... Dec. 09, 2014 Research and Markets ... http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9ql3kr/biometrics_market ) has announced the addition of the ... offering. One major trend emerging in ... Multimodal biometric systems utilize more than one characteristic of ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... Baptist Medical Center today announced plans for a new medical ... $50 million capital project is part of a larger capital ... The medical education building will be located in the ... 525@vine in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Construction will begin immediately ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Valencell PerformTek Biometrics Power the Most Accurate Wearables at CES 2015 2Biometrics Market in India 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, NEC, Safran and Suprema 2Wake Forest Baptist to Build New Medical Education Facility In Wake Forest Innovation Quarter 2Wake Forest Baptist to Build New Medical Education Facility In Wake Forest Innovation Quarter 3Wake Forest Baptist to Build New Medical Education Facility In Wake Forest Innovation Quarter 4
... in PLoS ONE , scientists at the University ... are needed to identify the shape and texture of ... ancient vegetation. Because pollen morphologies often align ... ancient pollen allows scientists to better understand prehistoric flora ...
... and Yuh Nung Jan, PhD, of the Howard Hughes ... will jointly receive the 2012 Neuroscience Prize of The ... contributions to the field of molecular neurobiology, particularly their ... activity and on how brain cells diversify and specialize ...
... University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers have ... data, enabling scientists to identify novel patterns of information ... The method, which combines three different "bipartite visual representations" ... appear in the Journal of the American Medical ...
Cached Biology News:Evaluation of microscopy techniques may help scientists to better understand ancient plants 2UCSF pair win Gruber Foundation Neuroscience prize 2UCSF pair win Gruber Foundation Neuroscience prize 3UCSF pair win Gruber Foundation Neuroscience prize 4UTMB researchers create powerful new method to analyze genetic data 2UTMB researchers create powerful new method to analyze genetic data 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... GEA Niro Soavi the leader in ... the PandaPLUS 2000, which is ideal for new applications ... cell disruption . This compact laboratory homogenizer is the ... food, food additives and ingredients as well as for ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... The laboratory information management systems market is a ... technological advancements due to factors such as rising pressure ... healthcare systems, and increasing government support for adoption of ... players in the market focus on technological advancements to ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 Pipette.com has added the ... comprehensive portfolio of Eppendorf products. , The Eppendorf Centrifuge ... Centrifuge 5424/5424 R and receive the following:, ... plus or Eppendorf Reference 2 ,     3 ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 Controlled Substance Compliance Services (CSCS), ... companies check the legal requirements around using controlled substances ... , As their international operations expand and become ... solutions built as a result of the first phase ...
Breaking Biology Technology:GEA Niro Soavi Announces the PandaPLUS 2000 Homogenizer for Processing New Applications for Nanoemulsions and Cell Disruption 2Laboratory Information Management Systems Market is Expected to Reach $1,323.6 Million by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Laboratory Information Management Systems Market is Expected to Reach $1,323.6 Million by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Laboratory Information Management Systems Market is Expected to Reach $1,323.6 Million by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Eppendorf Announces Promotional Bundle Which Includes: Eppendorf Centrifuge 5424, 3-Pack of Pipettes, and Tips - Available Now at Pipette.com 2Global Compliance Service for Controlled Substances to Expand to China 2
... Mass., March 15, 2011 Medical & Biological Laboratories ... Envoy Therapeutics for access to MBL,s patented RIP-Chip technology. ... upfront payment, annual licensing fees and potential milestone payments. ... company,s drug discovery and development. MBL President ...
... Biotechnology company ImmusanT, Inc. today announced it ... is advancing its strategy to develop an immunotherapeutic ... disease. The company completed the acquisition of a ... Ltd., based in Melbourne, Australia, and secured seed ...
... This release is available in German . ... the researchers, mini disks. The individual magnets can twist either ... These two different states can be used in data ... conventional computers. In contrast to conventional memory storage systems, ...
Cached Biology Technology:MBL Signs Non-Exclusive License With Envoy Therapeutics for Access to RIP-Chip Technology 2Start-Up ImmusanT Seeks to Restore Tolerance to Gluten in Celiac Disease with Immunotherapy 2Start-Up ImmusanT Seeks to Restore Tolerance to Gluten in Celiac Disease with Immunotherapy 3Start-Up ImmusanT Seeks to Restore Tolerance to Gluten in Celiac Disease with Immunotherapy 4Mini disks for data storage 2